By Jason Marsh, Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Visit Amazon's Jeremy Adam Smith Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Jeremy Adam Smith,

The place do our prejudices come from? Why are a few humans extra biased than others? Is it attainable for people, and society as an entire, to actually defeat prejudice? In those pages, top scientists, psychologists, educators, activists, and so on supply solutions, drawing from new clinical discoveries that make clear why and the way our brains shape prejudices, how racism hurts our well-being, steps we will take to mitigate prejudiced instincts, and what a post-prejudice society may truly glance like.

Bringing a various variety of disciplines into dialog for the 1st time, Are We Born Racist? deals an easy evaluation of the hot technological know-how of prejudice, and showcases the plentiful functional, research-based steps that may be taken in all components of our lives to beat prejudice.

Show description

Read Online or Download Are We Born Racist?: New Insights from Neuroscience and Positive Psychology PDF

Best neuropsychology books

The Official Patient's Sourcebook on Ehrlichiosis: A Revised and Updated Directory for the Internet Age

This ebook has been created for sufferers who've determined to make schooling and examine a vital part of the therapy strategy. even though it additionally supplies info necessary to medical professionals, caregivers and different well-being pros, it tells sufferers the place and the way to appear for info masking nearly all issues relating to ehrlichiosis (also HGE; Human Ehrlichial an infection, Human Granulocytic style; Human Ehrlichial an infection, Human Monocytic Type), from the necessities to the main complex components of analysis.

Perception of Faces, Objects, and Scenes: Analytic and Holistic Processes (Advances in Visual Cognition)

From a barrage of photons, we simply and without problems realize the faces of our neighbors, and the conventional gadgets and scenes round us. notwithstanding, those initiatives can't be easy for our visible systems--faces are all super comparable as visible styles, and gadgets glance fairly diverse whilst considered from diverse viewpoints.

Brain and Culture: Neurobiology, Ideology, and Social Change (Bradford Books)

Study exhibits that among start and early maturity the mind calls for sensory stimulation to enhance bodily. the character of the stimulation shapes the connections between neurons that create the neuronal networks worthy for proposal and behaviour. by means of altering the cultural setting, each one new release shapes the brains of the subsequent.

Guillain-Barre Syndrome

Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) is a illness during which the body's immune method assaults a part of the peripheral worried procedure. emotions of tingling and weak point elevate in depth till the muscular tissues can't be used in any respect and the sufferer is sort of completely paralyzed. not anyone is aware why Guillain-Barre moves a few humans and never others, or what units the disorder in movement.

Additional resources for Are We Born Racist?: New Insights from Neuroscience and Positive Psychology

Sample text

When whites had the chance to see black faces for a bit longer (525 milliseconds) and process them consciously, their amygdala activity wasn’t unusually high; instead, they showed increased activity in brain areas associated with inhibition and self-control. It was as if, in less than a second, their brains were reining in unwanted prejudices. The most important lessons of this whole wave of research point to the complexity of the interactions between biology and environment. Take the amygdala race results.

But just as we can’t all be better than average, we can’t all be less prejudiced than average. Although the success of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign suggests an America that is moving past traditional racial divisions and prejudices, it’s probably safe to assume that all of us harbor more biases than we think. Science suggests that most of us don’t even know the half of it. A twenty-year eruption of research from the field of social neuroscience reveals exactly how automatically and unconsciously prejudice operates.

While this change is welcome, it has caused a slight problem for psychologists who study how stereotypes and prejudice influence behavior. In the past decade a great deal of research has been dedicated to measuring thoughts and feelings about race that may lie beneath the surface. Psychological tests that measure these more implicit racial attitudes often examine how easy it is to associate people of a different race with positive or negative words or objects. As far back as the 1950s, researchers were examining differences between what we say during interracial encounters and what we may actually feel during those encounters.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.74 of 5 – based on 26 votes