Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Lahnna Catalino

Reader 2

Jennifer Groscup

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This study aimed to demonstrate how negative affect is linked with stereotypic thinking in hiring decisions made in everyday situations. Participants (n = 788) will be randomly assigned to each condition. Each participant will be given a neutral emotion inducing picture or an anger emotion inducing picture, followed by either a white or black candidate resume with the same qualifications, and then asked how likely they are to hire the candidate. Results would most likely suggest that anger leads to increased stereotypic thinking in hiring decisions. Future studies may decide to investigate 1) a wider array of negative emotions and 2) a more diverse set of candidates (e.g. examining effects of gender or race).

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.