Perceptions of race

@article{Cosmides2003PerceptionsOR,
  title={Perceptions of race},
  author={Leda Cosmides and John Tooby and Robert Kurzban},
  journal={Trends in Cognitive Sciences},
  year={2003},
  volume={7},
  pages={173-179}
}
UNTIL RECENTLY, EXPERIMENTS ON PERSON PERCEPTION HAD LED TO TWO UNWELCOME CONCLUSIONS: (1) people encode the race of each individual they encounter, and (2) race encoding is caused by computational mechanisms whose operation is automatic and mandatory. Evolutionary analyses rule out the hypothesis that the brain mechanisms that cause race encoding evolved for that purpose. Consequently, race encoding must be a byproduct of mechanisms that evolved for some alternative function. But which one… CONTINUE READING

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