Attitudes of college students toward interracial dating
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.
The study comes as the new movie “Loving” is set to debut in theaters in November.
Millennials are no exception to this trend: Large majorities of 18-to-29 year olds express support for interracial marriage within their families, and the level of acceptance in this generation is greater than in other generations.
The Pew Research Center’s recent report on racial attitudes in the U.
In a survey of attitudes about relationships, the students reported little disapproval of interracial couples.
But photos of interracial couples triggered activity in a part of the brain that registers disgust.