Sunday, July 19, 2009

Prejudice – Can it be reduced subconsciously?

Prejudice – Can it be reduced subconsciously? « LGBT Latest Science
“Before you judge a person, walk a mile in their shoes”. How many times have we heard this saying? More importantly, how many times do we try on someone else’s shoes. Ever taken the time to imagine having someone else’s life?

Researchers at Brock University in Ontario, Canada did just that. They developed a classroom exercise designed to reduce prejudice against homosexuals. And they were clever enough not to tell the “test subjects”, who were simply students taking a class, that they were examining attitudes toward homosexuals. After all, that would kind of ruin the experiment, now wouldn’t it?

This work is in press and the abstract is available online. I’ll put the abstract at the end of the article.

So how did they manage to pull this off?

Let’s go through this step by step. It’s a simple enough paper that it can also be used to outline how these type of experiments are done....

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