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A Developmental-Personality Perspective on Cultural Ideologies
September 15, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Dr. Syed is an Associate Professor of psychology and Interim Associate Chair at the University of Minnesota
Abstract: Should societies be structured in a way that recognizes and celebrates racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity, or should they seek to minimize the role of diversity in favor of a common identity? These two ideological positions, multiculturalism and colorblindness, respectively, have been the subject of a great deal of psychological research. Much of this work has been conducted by counseling and social psychologists, seeking to determine how endorsement of these different ideologies is related to a variety of social and political outcomes. Developmental and personality psychologists, however, have contributed relatively little to the discussion, despite the fact that they are well-positioned to address questions about the origins of cultural ideologies. In this presentation, I will describe a series of quantitative models suggesting that cultural ideologies are jointly informed by developmental variations in socialization and identity as well as individual differences in personality traits. I will then demonstrate how analysis of narrative data can help explain some of the observed quantitative patterns, illustrating the benefits of a mixed methods approach.