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NYU/Yale Research Team Explores Neural Basis Of Racial Evaluation

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September 18, 2000
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A team of researchers from NYU and Yale have published a study that uses fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) to explore the role of the amygdala in the unconscious evaluation of racial groups. The amygdala is a subcortical structure known to be involved in emotional learning and evaluation.

A team of researchers from NYU and Yale have published a study that uses fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) to explore the role of the amygdala in the unconscious evaluation of racial groups. The amygdala is a subcortical structure known to be involved in emotional learning and evaluation. The researchers found that subjects who showed a larger race evaluation bias, as detected in a mental association task and a startle response, also showed greater activity levels in regions of the amygdala while viewing unfamiliar Black compared with White faces.


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