Human brain is predisposed to negative stereotypes, new study suggests

By: Hannah Devlin | Human brain is predisposed to negative stereotypes, new study suggests | Neuroscience | The Guardian

Brain responds more strongly to information about unfavourably portrayed groups, offering clues as to how prejudice emerges and spreads, research shows

The human brain is predisposed to learn negative stereotypes, according to research that offers clues as to how prejudice emerges and spreads through society.

The study found that the brain responds more strongly to information about groups who are portrayed unfavourably, adding weight to the view that the negative depiction of ethnic or religious minorities in the media can fuel racial bias.

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