Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Encounter racial Prejudice.
The Sept. 11 attacks, the Iraq war and suicide bombings worldwide have changed not only the way we live but the way we look at those around us, especially Muslims. "Islamophobia", Latinos specially Mexicans, has entered the American vernacular, and the anti-Muslim, Anti Mexican, Anti Immigrant attitudes and prejudice it describes remain strong common. study examined how encountering racial prejudice affects cognitive functioning. The cognitive impact of exposure to ambiguous versus blatant cues to prejudice depended on subjects' racial group. Black subjects experienced the greatest impairment when they saw ambiguous evidence of prejudice, whereas White subjects experienced the greatest impairment when they saw blatant evidence of prejudice. Given the often ambiguous nature of contemporary expressions of prejudice, these results have important implications for the performance of ethnic minorities across many domains.