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Exploring the Mind | Cultural Invalidations & Racial Code Switching: What are the Psychological Implications?


Thursday January 7, 2021: 7:00pm to 8:30pm  Add to Calendar




Join Dr. Myles Durkee of the University of Michigan's Department of Psychology for a presentation on his research into the dynamics of cultural invalidations, racial discrimination, and racial code-switching, and find out what he's learned about the psychological impact of these forces.

This presentation examines how cultural invalidations and racial code-switching are associated with ethnic-racial identity development, mental health, and occupational outcomes among people of color. Cultural invalidations are identity threats that challenge the authenticity of a person’s membership within their racial group, and racial code-switching is the process of modifying one's behavior to appeal to the norms of specific racial groups. Implications regarding the psychological costs and benefits of cultural invalidations and racial code-switching will be discussed.

Dr. Myles Durkee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Pomona College and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology: Applied Developmental Science from the University of Virginia. He also completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan. Dr. Durkee is a psychologist who examines the dynamics of cultural invalidations, racial discrimination, and racial code-switching to determine how these experiences influence important psychosocial outcomes (e.g., mental health & well-being, identity development, & academic achievement). This line of research examines how people of color navigate racial contexts, modify their racial behavior to fit in certain contexts, and internalize messages about their cultural authenticity from individuals inside and outside of their racial group.

This program is in partnership with the University of Michigan Department of Psychology.

This video premieres on AADL.TV.