“Research shows that human beings have a natural proclivity to make distinctions between ‘us’ and ‘them,’ ” says UC Berkeley psychology professor Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton. And that “natural proclivity has a survival value.”
But that proclivity carries heavy costs, on all sides, he adds in a new Q&A on racism posted this week on the Berkeley Wellness website (berkeleywellness.com). The interview comes at a time of national soul-searching about racism, prompted by a wave of racist incidents, including the recent mass shooting in a Charleston, South Carolina, church.
Mendoza-Denton is well known for his research on bias and recently co-edited a book called Are We Born Racist?: New Insights from Neuroscience and Positive Psychology. He is a contributor to the Berkeley Blog and a faculty advisor for Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center,
Read the full Q&A on berkeleywellness.com.
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