Saturday, April 15, 2017

Infants show racial bias toward members of own race and against those of other races

Via R


Two studies by researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto and their collaborators from the US, UK, France and China, show that six- to nine-month-old infants demonstrate racial bias in favour of members of their own race and racial bias against those of other races.

In the first study, "Older but not younger infants associate own-race faces with happy music and other-race faces with sad music", published in Developmental Science, results showed that after six months of age, infants begin to associate own-race faces with happy music and other-race faces with sad music.

In the second study, "Infants rely more on gaze cues from own-race than other-race adults for learning under uncertainty", published in Child Development, researchers found that six- to eight-month-old infants were more inclined to learn information from an adult of his or her own race than from an adult of a different race.

(In both studies, infants less than six months of age were not found to show such biases).

Racial bias begins at younger age, without experience with other-race individuals

"The findings of these studies are significant for many reasons," said Dr. Kang Lee, professor at OISE's Jackman Institute of Child Study, a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair and lead author of the studies. "The results show that race-based bias already exists around the second half of a child's first year. This challenges the popular view that race-based bias first emerges only during the preschool years." Hear Dr. Lee discuss the research results.

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  1. Brock,

    I met a guy from the US Virgin Isles. White guy. A Catholic "Frenchie". Very friendly, humble.

    He liked black girls, not only black girls though. And I believe this is because he grew up around them.

    So, while biology does have an impact, I believe we're also impacted by what we're around and familiar with. So, if I were living in Vietnam right now, I'd probably begin to see these cute girls you keep posting as much more attractive :p They are attractive btw. I just assume I'd see them as more so.

    And of course one positive of these "third world" societies, Virgin Isles and Vietnam I mean here, is they seem to have a stronger community sense. Similar to parts of the South.

    I fear we're losing that with the progress.

    Partly why I like trade protections isn't just that I want the US to be dominant, but I'm wary of the rapid development elsewhere in the world. I fear the rest of the world will become like us and lose something in the process.

    The South of course used to be very poor. And the "real" South is probably still very poor today.

    1. is they seem to have a stronger community sense

      & love of family and more conservative.


      My idea of beauty: no make up/rings/tattoos with natural hair.

    2. From "The Mountains Of Mourne" song:

      "There's beautiful girls here, Oh never you mind
      Beautiful shapes nature never designed
      lovely complexions of roses and cream
      But let me remark with regard to the same
      That if at that those roses you venture to sip
      The colours might all come away on your lips
      So I'll wait for the wild rose that's waitin' for me
      In the place where the dark Mourne sweep down to the sea."

    3. Beautiful! Hadn't heard it. Thanks.