Are We Born Racist?: New Insights from Neuroscience and Positive Psychology


Where do our prejudices come from? Why are some people more biased than others? Is it possible for individuals, and society as a whole, to truly defeat prejudice? In these pages, leading scientists, psychologists, educators, activists, and many others offer answers, drawing from new scientific discoveries that shed light on why and how our brains form prejudices, how racism hurts our health, steps we can take to mitigate prejudiced instincts, and what a post-prejudice society might actually look like.

Bringing a diverse range of disciplines into conversation for the first time, Are We Born Racist? offers a straightforward overview of the new science of prejudice, and showcases the abundant practical, research-based steps that can be taken in all areas of our lives to overcome prejudice.

Giving it a 4-out-of-5-stars, a reviewer wrote:

“Short and punchy. The first third of the book is an excellent digest of brain science and how we are wired for prejudice. The middle third focuses on professions (teachers, police, etc.). The last third is less academic: tips on interracial relationships and loving ourselves despite of negative media/cultural messages. I’ll be using some of this material in my classes. Very student friendly. The articles are easy to grasp and only 4-7 pages, not scary for less than avid readers. Definitely worth checking out if you’re at all interested in the psychology of racism.”

Are We Born Racist?: New Insights from Neuroscience and Positive Psychology by Jason Marsh, Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton and Jeremy Adam Smith was published on june 29th by Beacon Press.

This review was originally published on Good Reads.

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