"Yuck, you disgust me!" Affective bias against interracial couples

Allison L. Skinner, Caitlin M. Hudac

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Abstract

The current research expands upon the sparse existing literature on the nature of bias against interracial couples. Study 1 demonstrates that bias against interracial romance is correlated with disgust. Study 2 provides evidence that images of interracial couples evoke a neural disgust response among observers - as indicated by increased insula activation relative to images of same-race couples. Consistent with psychological theory indicating that disgust leads to dehumanization, Study 3 demonstrates that manipulating disgust leads to implicit dehumanization of interracial couples. Overall, the current findings provide evidence that interracial couples elicit disgust and are dehumanized relative to same-race couples. These findings are particularly concerning, given evidence of antisocial reactions (e.g., aggression, perpetration of violence) to dehumanized targets. Findings also highlight the role of meaningful social units (e.g., couples) in person perception, an important consideration for psychologists conducting social cognition research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-77
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Experimental Social Psychology
Volume68
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Dehumanization
  • Disgust
  • Interracial romance
  • Racial bias

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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"Yuck, you disgust me!" Affective bias against interracial couples. / Skinner, Allison L.; Hudac, Caitlin M.

In: Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Vol. 68, 01.01.2017, p. 68-77.

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Skinner, Allison L.; Hudac, Caitlin M. / "Yuck, you disgust me!" Affective bias against interracial couples.

In: Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Vol. 68, 01.01.2017, p. 68-77.

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