The Role of Culture and Ideal Affect In Employment Settings

Lucy’s dissertation examines how culturally shaped emotional values are reflected in how individuals present themselves when applying for a job and in what individuals look for when hiring someone for a job. Lucy’s studies find that those from European American cultural contexts express excitement more while those from East Asian cultural contexts express calm more.  Moreover, these emotional values shape hiring decisions; European Americans choose to hire excited candidates more and East Asians choose to hire calm candidates more.  Generally, Lucy’s dissertation has implications for how subtle factors, like emotional communication, might signal group membership and influence person perception and decision making. These emotional biases may lead to racial and ethnic disparities in interviewing and hiring practices in organizational settings.