Shawntal Brown

OU Major: 
Psychology / Women and Gender Studies
Research Mentor: 
Dr. Mauricio Carvallo
Describe your undergraduate research or creative project: 
Our research was titled, "Symbolic Racism and the Perceptions of Police Brutality." We investigated individuals, who were either high or low symbolic racists, and how those individuals would attribute blame in one of two conditions of vignettes depicting aggression. Overall, these vignettes depicted ambiguous aggression from an interaction between a police officer and motorist. In each conditions, the participants observed the interaction either between a White police officer and a Black motorist or a Black police officer and a White motorist. As a result, we observed high symbolic racists were more likely to attribute blame upon the Black motorist in the condition, justifying the perceived aggressive police force within the vignette.
Explain what you learned or give advice to fellow students: 
Advice I would give to fellow students is deeply invest in the research that you are doing and ensure you are actively working alongside your mentor. Your relationship with you and mentor is important when conducting research and they can provide a vast amount of insight to expand and refine your research. Also, find research that is very interesting to you because it will drive you to invest more into your research topic.
Awards and/or presentations: 
Brown, S. (2016, April). Symbolic Racism and Perceptions of Police Brutality. Oral presentation at the University of Oklahoma's Undergraduate Research Day, Norman, OK.
Published Work: 
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