Biases and Stereotypes
Learning from others’ emotion as a double-edged sword
While emotional expressions can be a source of information for learning, they can also be a medium for transmitting implicit biases or stereotypes. Previous work in this lab, for example, found that when a teacher showed surprise to a student’s success, children as young as six inferred that the student was not as competent as another student whose success did not elicit the teacher’s surprise (Asaba, Wu, Carrillo, & Gweon, 2020). The lab is investigating potential negative consequences of using emotion as information, especially in educational contexts.