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One group was shown a series of disgusting images (e.g., people vomiting, dirty toilets) and the other group was shown a series of pleasant images (e.g., scenery, city skylines).
This was done to induce some participants to experience disgust – which was expected to make them more likely to dehumanize people.
Or are they indicative of a persistent, underlying bias against interracial couples – something not captured by self-reported polls?
To test this, my colleague Caitlin Hudac and I designed a series of studies to examine how people really feel about interracial relationships.
To get around this problem, we conducted a second study in which we measured participants’ brain activity – not their own reports.
Using an electroencephalogram (EEG), which measures electrical activity in the brain, we recorded the brain waves of a predominately white sample of college students while they viewed 100 images of black-white interracial couples and an equal number of same-race couples (black and white).
For our study, we had participants quickly categorize images of interracial couples, same-race couples, silhouettes of humans and silhouettes of animals.
The silhouettes were there to represent “humanization” and “dehumanization,” respectively.
There’s a fair amount of psychological research showing that feeling disgusted by others often leads us to dehumanize them.
Consistent with polling data, we found that participants claimed to be largely accepting of interracial relationships.
We also found that disgust and acceptance were highly correlated; the less accepting people were of interracial relationships, the more disgusted they were by them.
The other button was used to categorize images of interracial couples and silhouettes of humans.
We predicted that participants who were primed to be disgusted (those who viewed the disgusting images in the beginning of the study) would do the task faster when they’d been told to categorize interracial couples and animals with the same key.In one part of the task, participants were told to use one button to categorize images of interracial couples and silhouettes of animals; they were told to push a different button to categorize images of same-race couples and silhouettes of humans.Next these pairings were switched: we had participants push one button if they viewed images of same-race couples and silhouettes of animals.The Conversation UK receives funding from Hefce, Hefcw, SAGE, SFC, RCUK, The Nuffield Foundation, The Ogden Trust, The Royal Society, The Wellcome Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Alliance for Useful Evidence, as well as sixty five university members.