Most people in the United States say they accept interracial relationships, but a new study of brain activity shows some hidden bias.
Researchers surveyed students at the University of Nebraska — young people, not those who grew up in a more overtly racist time — and recorded their brain activity while they looked at pictures of hundreds of couples.
“It shows that people show some level of disgust based on the [national] polls saying that everything is fine,” said Allison Skinner, lead author and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington, who published the study in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
However, previous research concerning interracial relationships has concentrated on couples who are already established; thus, the existing literature is of limited use in examining the initial decisions of individuals choosing to date interracially.
In this article, content analysis of personal advertisements is reported.
That’s about 12 percent, nearly double the share in 1980 when it was 6.7 percent.
The study comes as the new movie “Loving” is set to debut in theaters in November.
It was found that race is insignificant as to whether the advertisers desired or sought physical attractiveness or financial security.