OK see. I like. I'm back. I was about to log out of the inter-webs when Carla Golden posted this up on her facebook page. :/ Then I had to start reading. THEN I got all excited. Now I have to post it.
One of my past, creative-meditations was about the Other, the Liminal, the outsider. In short, me, or where I see myself in relation to the world. It is on the edge that I grab hold of most of my inspiration, juice for life, insight, etc.
Anyway, it's this type of article that tickles the bum-bum-bum and I have to share it.
When social fear is missing, so are racial stereotypes
April 12, 2010
Children with the genetic condition known as Williams syndrome have unusually friendly natures because they lack the sense of fear that the rest of us feel in many social situations. Now, a study reported in the April 13th issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, suggests that children with Williams Syndrome are missing something else the rest of us have from a very tender age: the proclivity to stereotype others based on their race.
The findings support the notion that social fear is at the root of racial stereotypes. The researchers say the results might also aid in the development of interventions designed to reduce discriminatory attitudes and behavior towards vulnerable or marginalized groups of society.
"This is the first study to report the absence of racial stereotypes in any human population," said Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg of the Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim/University of Heidelberg, who coauthored the paper with Andreia Santos and Christine Deruelle of the Mediterranean Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in Marseille.
Full article at Physorg.com: When social fear is missing, so are racial stereotypes.
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