Race Bias Tracks Conception Risk Across the Menstrual Cycle

  title={Race Bias Tracks Conception Risk Across the Menstrual Cycle},
  author={Carlos David Navarrete and Daniel M. T. Fessler and Diana Santos Fleischman and Joshua Geyer},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={661 - 665}
Although a considerable body of research explores alterations in women's mating-relevant preferences across the menstrual cycle, investigators have yet to examine the potential for the menstrual cycle to influence intergroup attitudes. We examined the effects of changes in conception risk across the menstrual cycle on intergroup bias and found that increased conception risk was positively associated with several measures of race bias. This association was particularly strong when perceived… 

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