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The experience of bias can have deleterious effects on social, psychological, and physical health outcomes. Those who recognize bias may choose to ignore it or confront it with the hopes of limiting its expression over time. Ironically, those who claim to have been the victims of bias experience backlash, leading to negative interpersonal outcomes and even dismissal of their claims. Anticipation of these outcomes can discourage victims and their allies from speaking out, perpetuating the expression of bias. We are currently exploring ways in which this backlash might be mitigated, with the goal of improving interpersonal evaluations as well as legitimizing claims of discrimination.
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