Unlearning implicit social biases during sleep

@article{Hu2015UnlearningIS,
  title={Unlearning implicit social biases during sleep},
  author={Xiaoqing Hu and James W. Antony and Jessica D. Creery and Iliana M. Vargas and Galen V. Bodenhausen and Ken A. Paller},
  journal={Science},
  year={2015},
  volume={348},
  pages={1013-1015}
}
Although people may endorse egalitarianism and tolerance, social biases can remain operative and drive harmful actions in an unconscious manner. Here, we investigated training to reduce implicit racial and gender bias. Forty participants processed counterstereotype information paired with one sound for each type of bias. Biases were reduced immediately after training. During subsequent slow-wave sleep, one sound was unobtrusively presented to each participant, repeatedly, to reactivate one type… CONTINUE READING

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