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07/04/2016 Guest Lecture - Focus Area Diversity: Dr. Boris Bizumic

The Influence and Future of Ethnocentrism in Psychology

Monday, July 4, 2016 - 14:00

Dr. Boris Bizumic
Research School of Psychology
ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment
The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Jacobs University Bremen
Res. IV, Conference Room (Room 52)


The Influence and Future of Ethnocentrism in Psychology

Ethnocentrism is a social psychological construct concerned with the view that one's own ethnic group or culture is very important - more so than any other. Since the nineteenth century, social scientists have recognized that ethnocentric bias is one of the most important biases that affects a study of social and psychological phenomena. Although psychologists have studied ethnocentrism for a long time, there has been much less work on how ethnocentrism affects psychology. In this talk, I argue that ethnocentrism still deeply affects a study of psychology at many levels: the topics of study, theoretical frameworks, choice of methods, such as participants, materials, and procedures, representations of the history of psychology, scientific social networks, psychological institutions, citation patterns, and validation of existing social structures. I will also discuss a possible future of a non-ethnocentric psychology, alongside societal, institutional, and individual barriers to such a psychology.

For further information about this talk please contact Prof. Dr. Christopher Cohrsc.cohrs [at] ()