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The scientific evidence for microaggressions is weak and we should drop the term, argues review author

16 March 2017

A new review suggests that crucial questions over the evidence for microaggressions remain unaddressed.

Racism and prejudice are sometimes blatant, but often manifest in subtle ways.

The current emblem of these subtle slights is the “microaggression”, a concept that has generated a large programme of research and launched itself into the popular consciousness – prompting last month’s decision by Merriam-Webster to add it to their dictionary.

However, a new review in Perspectives on Psychological Science by Scott Lilienfeld of Emory University argues that core empirical and conceptual questions about microaggressions remain unaddressed, meaning the struggle against them takes place on a confusing battlefield, one where it’s hard to tell between friend and foe.

Read more on our Research Digest blog.

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