October 2, 2012
Research Proposal Outline
i. Racial interaction advancement would not only decrease anxiety among employees, but also as a result benefit an employer with increased work productivity among his or her staff (Erickson el al., 2009).
ii. 1) Racial Demographics in the United States are anticipated to shift. White Americans by 2050 are expected to no longer comprise the racial majority (Feagin & O’Brien, 2004).
2) With a history of complex race relations, the United States and other racially diverse countries would greatly benefit from finding strategies to improve racial interactions (Trawalter et al., 2009).
3) There is a significant difference between interracial and same-race interactions regarding self-reported of emotional state (Toosi, Babbitt, Ambady, and Sommers, 2011).
4) Whites have self-reported anxiety during minority interaction (Littleford, Wright, and Sayoc-Parial, 2005).
5) The mere anticipation of possible prejudice stresses a racial minority individual when interacting with a racial majority individual (Sawyer, Major, Casad, Townsend, and Mendes, 2012).
6) Real time cooperation intrinsically causes the release of reward neurotransmitters as per fMRI scans (Krill and Platek, 2012).
iii. With the literature lacking in a connection between race, cooperation, and anxiety, my research will focus on if interracial coworkers feel more anxiety than coworkers of the same race.
B. Do interracial coworkers feel more anxiety than coworkers of the same race? My prediction for anxiety levels among interracial coworker interactions is significantly greater then same race worker interaction.
C. Research Design
i. The experimental design tests three groups, European-Americans with African Americans, European-Americans...