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News & Views: Neuroscientists are looking for ways to decrease prejudice
Posted on August 4, 2015 by Katherine Malanson | Categories: ND Final Project, ND Unit1, ND Unit4, Neurological Disorders | | Add comment |

Mary McLain/NPR

You are probably at least a little bit racist and sexist and homophobic. Most of us are. And before you get offended, try taking one of the popular Implicit Association Tests. They measure people’s unconscious prejudice. These tests find that most people trust men or women, white people over minorities, and straight people over queer people.

So, what are we to do? Scientists are working on ways to train our brains away from deeply held prejudices — including hacking your subconscious while you sleep. Yes, it sounds like a scam, but the results, published in the journal Science, show that it’s possible.

Read more at NPR.org.