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Psychology of Diversity Theories & Research - Chapter Summary
This chapter provides a brief but comprehensive overview of theories and research in the psychology of diversity. When you work through this chapter, you'll review theories such as the value-in-diversity hypothesis, homophily biases, the similarity-attraction paradigm and more. Our learning materials are self-paced and available on any tablet, computer or smartphone, 24 hours a day. If you need clarification on any of these topics, you can submit questions to an instructor through the Dashboard. This chapter is designed to help you achieve the following goals:
- Outline criticisms of the similarity-attraction paradigm
- Provide an overview of the value-in-diversity hypothesis
- Assess examples of homophily biases
- Explain modern research on the psychology of diversity
1. Similarity-Attraction Paradigm: Definition & Criticisms
Is there a pattern in attraction? In this lesson, you'll learn about the similarity-attraction paradigm. You'll examine evidence to support the thesis of this paradigm as well as criticisms of the theory.
2. Value-In-Diversity Hypothesis: Definition & Overview
How does workplace diversity impact organizational functioning? How does diversity impact business performance? In this lesson, we examine the value-in-diversity hypothesis in order to answer these questions.
3. Homophily Biases: Definition, Example & Overview
If you are interested in how people connect with and relate to one another, you might find yourself wondering about the homophily bias. This lesson discusses what this bias means and why it is relevant to our social worlds.
4. Modern Research in Psychology of Diversity
In this lesson, we'll explore key topics in modern psychological studies of diversity. Specifically, we'll examine recent research on weightism, ageism, multiculturalism, and color-blindness.
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Other chapters within the Psychology 303: Psychology of Diversity course
- Social Identity & Categorization Theories
- Understanding Diversity in Psychology
- The Psychological Study of Diversity
- Psychological Perspectives of Human Behavior
- Understanding Racism & Discrimination
- Understanding of Stereotypes & Biases
- Multiculturalism & Cultural Relativism
- Fundamentals of Cultural Research in Psychology
- Bias, Cultural Competence & Awareness
- Psychology Research Methods & Tools
- Required Assignments for Psychology 303