What are your in-groups and out-groups?
Our neural circuits lead us to find comfort in those like us and unease with those who differ, resulting in a battle between reward and distrust. But these brain connections aren't the end of the story.
UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity
The hostile environment that marginalised people find themselves in serves as a source of constant stress.
A large Roma house in western Romania.
New research among well-off Roma families in Romania shows how widespread prejudice against them is.
Prejudice is increasingly difficult to remove from jurors.
The problems high-profile defendants pose in receiving a fair trial are hardly new. But they are more pressing today than ever.
Joelle Léandre in 2016.
Female jazz musicians are taking a stand against entrenched sexism within the genre.
Nonprofit boards should be more diverse than this group, but too often they’re not.
The people leading nonprofits are much less diverse than the communities they serve and there's no reason to expect that to change soon.
Introspection won’t necessarily reveal what’s going on in there.
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Prejudice and stereotypes are part of why social inequality persists. Social scientists use tests to measure the implicit biases people harbor and see how much they relate to actions.
Computer training can decrease children’s biases.
Racial bias is associated with dehumanizing social groups different from your own. Psychologists trained kids to differentiate individuals of another race – with lasting effects on their biases.
Disability prejudice in the classroom can teach children early on that some lives are more worthy than others.
Two university professors explore their unlikely longtime friendship, providing lessons for parents of both "abled" and disabled children today.
Bias at work?
Even after years of federal and state laws making discrimination illegal, implicit bias still leads to actual economic harm for women.
Muslim women hold signs to express opposition to hate crimes and rhetoric.
AP Photo/Seth Wenig
FBI data show that in 2015 anti-Muslim hate crimes spiked to the highest level since 2001. A scholar finds political rhetoric correlates to both sharp increases and decreases in hate crime.
Two people dress up as Gaydar bots during San Francisco’s 2014 gay pride parade.
Previous studies have shown that people possess gaydar, the ability to discern who's gay and who isn't. But this research falls prey to an error that, when corrected, leads to the opposite conclusion.
People are sometimes very willing to blatantly deny others’ humanity.
American psychologists Nour Kteily and Emile Bruneaushow how some politicians appeal to those who demonise marginalised groups, and how those groups respond with intensified hostility.
What are the drawbacks of expansive definitions of prejudice?
Mixed neighbourhoods won't necessarily make people friendlier.
A joke isn’t just a joke.
Disparagement humor makes a punchline out of a marginalized group. Racist or sexist jokes, for instance, aren't just harmless fun – psychologists find they can foster discrimination.
Morning-after triumphalism has given way to caution as the ramifications of Brexit sink in.
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As the news sinks in, a lot of people who voted to Leave are having second thoughts. Many of them journalists.
The Orlando massacre is an extreme example of the public health crisis of anti-LGBT violence in America.
Aggression against sexual minorities is rooted in society-level stigmas that devalue LGBT individuals.
Policy changes and face-to-face conversations are part of the plan.
The massacre at an Orlando gay club is a savage reminder that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people still face harsh prejudice in America and lack full equal protections under the law.
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It has taken the killing of 50 innocent people at an LGBT club to bring home how much homophobia is embedded in Western societies.