The world has changed over the past two years – the pandemic has helped. If you take a look around you can see the change – both globally and locally. Some of the changes have roots in the past, particularly within our smaller societies – they may not be so obvious, but the pandemic has also accelerated their growth.
Rachna Minhas has always been a keen observer of society and the way people interact – her early experiences taught her that people do things because of past events in their lives and that most between us carry these things with us, often developing a cognitive bias. . As a psychology student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, she quickly became academically and professionally interested in social psychology, particularly the group dynamics surrounding race, age and sex – and she needs your help.
Understand each other better
As part of her Honors Fellowship, Rachna examines some of the effects the pandemic has had on society; where we assign blame and its potential link to rising racism. She hopes you will participate in her completely anonymous online study on COVID-19 and Melvin Lerner’s belief in a just world theory.
The aim of the study is to understand differences in victim blaming among young and middle-aged adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Victim blaming comes from the theory of belief in a just world” (Lerner & Miller, 1978): “Individuals who believe that people get what they deserve may engage in victim blaming . When a victim is hurt by an aggressor, individuals may blame the victim for being the problem rather than the aggressor because the victim is perceived to have deserved it. (Lerner and Miller, 1978)
Help bring about positive change for a better future for all
Rachna says she was drawn to this area of social psychology because she can see what is happening around her – it is relevant to how we live and how we will move forward as a society and studies like his can help us make positive changes in our culture through a better understanding of ourselves and our group dynamics. “It has interested me all my life,” notes Rachna. “I believe that by understanding each other better, we can make changes for the better for everyone.” Rachna plans to graduate from Kwantlen Polytechnic with honors in the fall and from there plans to pursue her master’s degree in social psychology at UBC.
Simple and easy to participate
It’s easy to do: just rate each question on a scale from “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree”. Participants must belong to the age categories of 18-25 or 40-65. The study will only take 10-15 minutes and you can enter to win one of 15 $10 Amazon e-gift cards.
This is your chance to be part of change for the better. To participate, email [email protected] or follow this link: https://kpupsychology.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7a3zTn7JhJuLrcW?source=consentredditfacebook. The study is open until April 15, 2022. Don’t miss your chance to help.