The social neuroscience of race-based and status-based prejudice

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The largely independent neuroscience literatures on race and status show increasingly that both constructs shape how we evaluate others. Following an overview and comparison of both literatures, we suggest that apparent differences in the brain regions supporting race-based and status-based evaluations may tap into distinct components of a common evaluative network. For example, perceiver motivations and/or category cues (e.g., perceptual vs. knowledge-based) can differ depending on whether one is processing race and/or status, ultimately recruiting distinct mechanisms within this common evaluative network. We emphasize the generalizability of this social neuroscience framework for dimensions beyond race and status and highlight how this framework raises new questions in the study of prejudice–reduction interventions.




Mattan, B. D., Wei, K. Y., Cloutier, J., & Kubota, J. T. (2018, December 1). The social neuroscience of race-based and status-based prejudice. Current Opinion in Psychology. Elsevier B.V.

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