Race Relations

The Brain Likes Categories. Where Should It Put Mixed-Race People?

NPR: Humans like to place things in categories and can struggle when things can’t easily be categorized. That also applies to people, a study finds, and the brain’s visual biases may play a role in perceptions of mixed-race people. The study, published in Psychological Science on Monday, asked people to More

Where We Live Affects Our Bias Against Mixed-Race Individuals

Whites living in areas where they are less exposed to people of other races have a harder time categorizing mixed-race individuals than do Whites with greater interracial exposure, a condition that is associated with greater prejudice against mixed-race individuals, a new experimental study shows. The findings are published in Psychological Science More

Maximizing the Gains and Minimizing the Pains of Diversity

For organizations, diversity pays off. Empirical research has shown that diversity increases creativity and innovation and promotes better decision making because it spurs deeper information processing and complex thinking. In a new report, an international research team led by APS Fellow Adam Galinsky (Columbia University) reviewed the available scientific research on More