An illusion can improve racial attitudes

Believing you have dark skin, even briefly, may change racial biases for the better.

A study in London had participants watch a fake hand being touched while their hand, hidden from view, was touched. This created the illusion that the fake hand was their own.

When the participants were Caucasian and the fake hand’s skin was darker than their own, participant racial attitudes improved. The more intense the illusion, the more positive their attitudes became.

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