What is it about?
We found that if you’re a white or black person living in a region with more infectious diseases, you have a strong feeling in favor of your in-group and a stronger opposition to your out-group. This effect occurs even if we control for individual factors like age, political ideology, religious belief, education and gender, and a number of state-level factors, including median income, inequality, population density, race exposure, and confederate state"
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Why is it important?
This research offers a new way of explaining intergroup prejudices. It also points to possible methods of combat prejudice – by increasing health care spending. Conclusions could also inform educational methods to alleviate prejudice towards immigrants and refugees
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This page is a summary of: Infectious Disease Prevalence, Not Race Exposure, Predicts Both Implicit and Explicit Racial Prejudice Across the United States, Social Psychological and Personality Science, July 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1948550619862319.
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