Do racial stereotypes affect how we understand each other? A new study from UBC thinks so.
The study published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America used recorded sentences from 12 native English speakers, all from Richmond.
Half were white, half Chinese.
Listeners found it more difficult to understand the Chinese Canadians, but only when they saw a photo, identifying the speaker as Chinese.
Study lead author Molly Babel says it comes down to expectations.
“We’re looking at people all around the world, and we expect certain things from them — both culturally, socially, and the kinds of language they produce.”
Authors suggest it’s a reminder we need to be aware of the stereotypes we carry.