Most people in the United States say they accept interracial relationships, but a new study of brain activity shows some hidden bias.Researchers surveyed students at the University of Nebraska — young people, not those who grew up in a more overtly racist time — and recorded their brain activity while they looked at pictures of hundreds of couples.Read More: Thurgood Marshall’s interracial love: ‘I don’t care what people think.
While sitting in front of a computer, the photos of mixed-race and same-race couples were randomly shown to participants.
They were told that they had to quickly respond to whether the couple should be “included” or “excluded” from a future study on relationships by pressing a button that corresponded to each answer.
That’s about 12 percent, nearly double the share in 1980 when it was 6.7 percent.
The study comes as the new movie “Loving” is set to debut in theaters in November.
(There were not enough Asians in the national sample to permit any meaningful analysis of this population sub-group).
There is also a variance by age in reports of interracial marriage in the family.Guess Who's Coming to Dinner More than one-fifth of all American adults (22%) say that they have a close relative who is married to someone of a different race, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Supreme Court ruling in struck down the last of the anti-miscegenation laws in this country, interracial marriage had been illegal in 16 states and was widely considered a social taboo.That degree of familiarity with — and proximity to — interracial marriage is the latest milestone in what has been a sweeping change in behaviors and attitudes concerning interracial relationships over the past several decades. Since then interracial marriage in this country has evolved from nearly non-existent to merely atypical.The respondents were about evenly split between the sexes; 87 percent were white, 5 percent were Latino, 3 percent were Asian, 3 percent black and 2 percent were of some other race.As part of a longer survey, participants were also asked to rate on a scale of 1 to 100 how disgusted they felt about a black man in a romantic relationship with a white woman, or a white man in a relationship with a black woman.In the second study, 19 participants had their brain activity monitored by electroencephalogram (EEG).