Although great progress has been made in the war on racism it is an evil which persists to haunt us. From the London Olympic Games to the run-up for the American presidential election to workplaces all across the globe friction and conflict based on racial differences is still very much part of life in the Global Village. In this article I take a look at what neuroscience reveals about some of the processes in our brains related to aspects of *racist behaviour.
Ideological Racism and Conditioned Racism
Loyalty to My Ingroup
I REALLY Don’t Feel Your Pain
It’s Not Just About You Being Different
The Fear Factor
Images and Stories about “Them”
No ‘Quick Fix’, But We Can Change
- AUTHOR’s NOTE: While the focus of this article is on racism, the same basic neural processes can also apply to almost any other form of stereotyping and discrimination. As with racism discrimination based on gender, religion, political views or group affiliation can be the result of ideological convictions, but are quite often the direct result of conditioned neural responses.
- I hope this post has added some value – if so, you might also find value in reading “You Might Not Like it, But Bad is Stronger than Good”, “SCARF: Lead in a Way That Will Engage People’s Minds”, “Neuroleadership: How Your Brain Fights for Social Survival in the Workplace”, “Proof from Neuroscience That Bad Leadership is Really BAD!” and “Proof from Neuroscience That Trusting People Makes Them More Trustworthy”. Meanwhile, you’re welcome to contact our team at Strategic Leadership Institute for information on how we help provide in any of your individual or team leadership development needs!