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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 a complete, to really 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 overall healthiness, steps we will be able to take to mitigate prejudiced instincts, and what a post-prejudice society may really glance like.
Bringing a various diversity of disciplines into dialog for the 1st time, Are We Born Racist? bargains a simple review of the hot technological know-how of prejudice, and showcases the considerable useful, research-based steps that may be taken in all parts of our lives to beat prejudice.
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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. As members of a society with egalitarian ideals, most Americans have good intentions. But new research suggests our brains and our impulses all too often betray us. That’s the bad news. But here’s the good news: more recent research shows that our prejudices are not inevitable; they are actually quite malleable, shaped by an ever-changing mix of cultural beliefs and social circumstances.
It can be very difficult, particularly within our culture, to appreciate the fact that intellectual performance can be so malleable. On Web sites and in magazines we are heavily drawn to IQ tests that promise to reveal how smart we “really” are. Yet we, along with Watson and Summers, fail to see how prejudices and negative expectations can help determine the results of these tests. In my own research my colleagues and I have shown that notions about innate ability don’t just hinder the performance of negatively stereotyped groups.
When people are led to believe that their abilities are fixed at birth, members of the positively stereotyped groups actually suffer less anxiety when they have to perform a task, because they’re reassured that their group membership guarantees high ability. In other words, these stereotypes don’t only perpetuate achievement gaps, they exacerbate them. Think different So what can we do about any of this? People often believe that, like our intellectual abilities, our prejudices are deeply entrenched in our genetic makeup and are unlikely to change.