Michelle Sayre

Swipe White: Attitudes and Perceptions of Interracial Relationships

April 10, 2021   /  

Name: Michelle Sayre
Major: Psychology
Minor: Music
Advisors: Dr. Amber Garcia, Dr. Ashley Abraham

Interracial couples are frequently the target of stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. Although East Asian Americans have one of the highest rates of out-marriage among ethnic minority groups, they also experience prejudice and discrimination. The current research examined perceptions of East Asian and White targets who expressed a preference or no preference to a specific race when dating. Using a Tinder-like presentation, participants were randomly assigned to evaluate either East Asian or White targets (IV1) who indicated a preference towards their same race or no race preference in dating partners (IV2). Results show that the female East Asian target was rated as having more positive traits, more likability, and less prejudice than the White female target. The White male target rated having fewer positive traits, less likability, and less prejudice than the male East Asian target. The results are discussed in the context of prejudice and discrimination.

Michelle will be online to field comments on April 16:
noon-2pm EDT (PST: 9-11am, Africa/Europe: late afternoon)

60 thoughts on “Swipe White: Attitudes and Perceptions of Interracial Relationships”

  1. I really like that you decided to work on something that is extremely relevant in this context with everything being online! You would think that in 2021 there would not be issues and biases with interracial relationships — but not so apparently. Hopefully one day soon this won’t matter anymore. Thanks so much for working on this and sharing your results!

    1. Hello Professor Morrison! Thank you for listening to my presentation! I agree, hopefully that day comes sooner than later!

  2. This is such an amazing study, it is wild that some people still have a bias towards interracial relationships. I am so proud of you for completing a study that is so very much applicable to your own life. I am glad I finally got to become your friend this year you are such an amazing person and I cant wait to see what you do in the future!

    1. Thank you Marian! Even though my results still indicated biases, I have hope that times are changing! It’s been wonderful to TA with you and get to know you better this year, I cannot wait to see what you accomplish with your time at Wooster!

  3. Congratulations on this accomplishment! I am so proud of you! I loved being part of your IS journey this year!

    1. Thank you so much Kate! You’ve been a vital part of my Wooster journey and I could not have done this without you!

  4. Great work and interesting findings, Michelle. I am curious to learn more about your sample. Who participated in your study? How might your sample selection have impacted your results? For instance, if your sample mainly consisted of younger adults (ages 18-30), do you think your findings would have been different with an older sample (adults 40+)? Enjoyed the presentation very much. See you in class next week.

    1. Hello Professor Miyawaki!

      Thank you for listening to my presentation! I had a sample size of 186 participants of ages 18-64 years old, but majority were in their 20s . I also think it is important to note that 129 of my participants were women as well. I do believe my sample size may have impacted my findings as many participants came from The College of Wooster student population, where interracial relationships, romantic and platonic, are seen everyday, therefore their comfortability may have been higher. Whereas if I had pulled participants from areas where minority groups are less represented, I believe my study potentially could have resulted in different findings.

      Thank you for your question and taking time to listen to my research!

  5. What an interesting topic Michelle! I find it fascinating and am honored to have been able to help you in your research. Well done 🙂

    1. Thank you for listening and thank you for participating, Maddie! I truly appreciate it!

  6. This is incredible Michelle!! I really enjoyed your presentation and I cannot wait to see what you do in the future. Congratulations on your accomplishment!!

    1. Thank you, Lily! I’m excited to see what you accomplish in your time left at Wooster!

  7. Loved the presentation! This is a super important topic to tackle and I’m proud of what you have accomplished!

    1. Hi Molly! Thank you for listening and I’m super excited to see you take on your own I.S.!

  8. Congratulations Michelle! I am so proud of you!! I think your IS topic was such a great topic to have done research on especially with the dating world in today’s society. So glad to have been able to be a part of it. Great job!!

    1. Hello Priscilla! Thank you for your kind words and thank you for participating, it means so much to me! I’m lucky to have you as a friend! 🙂

  9. Congratulations Michelle! I loved learning more about your IS today, you did an AMAZING job!

  10. Congratulation Michelle! This is such a relevant and important topic. Super interesting and well done

  11. Michelle, this is such a great topic and so relevant to what is going on in the US. Excellent work and best of luck with your future endeavors!

  12. Congratulations, Michelle! It is great to see how your interests and experiences have evolved since we were last in touch, and that you are now producing research on such a timely and important topic. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors!!!

    1. Hi Professor Freeze!

      Thank you for taking time to look at my presentation and for your kind words! FYS feels like a whole lifetime away!

  13. Michelle this was such an interesting concept to learn about and I love your commitment to the project, even if it meant being banned from Tinder multiple times. Excited to see where you go from here, much love!

    1. Tinder wanted to make me struggle for this — Thank you for watching my presentation, I’m excited to see you at graduation!!

  14. Congratulations, Michelle! It was my pleasure to work with you this year as your I.S. advisor. You should be proud of the work you accomplished.

    1. Dr. Garcia, the pleasure is all mine! I’m thrilled that we were able to complete a project on this topic. Thank you for everything!

  15. Congratulations, Michelle! This topic is so interesting and relevant to what is happening in today’s society. I am so glad you got to work on a topic that was of interest to you! Great job!

    1. Thank you so much, Anna! I’m excited to see what you accomplish with your time left at Wooster!

  16. Phenomenal work Michelle! I really enjoy how you frame it within the current political climate.

  17. Amazing work Michelle! Your topic is so interesting, and your presentation is very clear. Congratulations on this accomplishment! You deserve all the praise

  18. Congratulations, Michelle! Very interesting and timely research project. Your passion for this issue clearly comes across. I noticed your reference to the Virginia v. Loving case, and that reminded me there is a movie about that case. I have not seen it yet, but you have inspired me to find it.

    Was there anything surprising to you in your findings?

    I appreciate your offering proactive suggestions on how we can all step out of our comfort zones to improve attitudes.

    I am the mom of a COW alum (’13), and I just love the energy and enthusiasm in all the research and presentations–gives me hope for our future.

    Best wishes!

    1. Hello Bambi!

      I was quite surprised at my findings of White Emily being rated most prejudiced, least liked, and having more negative traits. I was not expecting that target to be rated lower than both male targets!

      Thank you for your kind words and your commitment to Wooster students. It’s the community of alumni + friends and family that inspires all of us as students, which we will do for future students when we leave!

  19. Congratulations Michelle! This is such an interesting topic, and your presentation was very informative. I’m so proud of you, and I can’t wait to see all you’ll do in the future! Great job 🙂

    1. Thank you, Pragya! I have no doubts that your I.S. will be incredible next year and I’m already looking forward to reading about it!

  20. Congratulations Michelle! I know this project deeply impacts you, and I could tell the passion in your presentation. I would love to know more about the sampling pool (I believe Michael commented on this earlier). The white woman was the most negatively perceived, did her profile indicate preference for whiteness? What demographic within the participants perceived the white woman most negatively? most positively?

    Great job on your I.S., I hope to know more about the implications of this study!

    1. Thank you so much, Jenelle!

      The overall rating was combined with all match preferences, so both same race or no race preference! Majority of my participants were White women, so I would be interested to going back to my results to find which demographic of participants had the most negative or positive perceptions of the different targets!

      Thank you for your question and I’m excited to see you during graduation!

  21. What an interesting study Michelle! Congratulations on your accomplishment! Both very proud and thankful for your study.

    1. Thank you, Min! I’m excited to see where Wooster takes you in the next two years!

  22. Great job Michelle! This is such an interesting study, and your presentation is awesome.

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