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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.
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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.