When Fatigue Turns Deadly: The Association Between Fatigue and Racial Bias in the Decision to Shoot

Debbie S. Ma, Joshua Correll, Bernd Wittenbrink, Yoav Bar-Anan, N. Sriram, Brian A. Nosek

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Abstract

Racial bias in the decision to shoot can be minimized if individuals have ample cognitive resources to regulate automatic reactions. However, when individuals are fatigued, cognitive control may be compromised, which can lead to greater racial bias in shoot/don't-shoot decisions. The current studies provide evidence for this hypothesis experimentally using undergraduate participants (Study 1) and in a correlational design testing police recruits (Study 2). These results shed light on the processes underlying the decision to shoot and, given the high prevalence of fatigue among police officers, may have important practical implications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)515-524
Number of pages10
JournalBasic and Applied Social Psychology
Volume35
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2013

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