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Old 04-08-2014, 03:49 PM   #1
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Faster eye responses in Chinese people not down to culture
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New research from University of Liverpool scientists has cast doubt on the theory that neurological behaviour is a product of culture in people of Chinese origin.

Scientists tested three groups students from mainland China, British people with Chinese parents and white British people to see how quickly their eyes reacted to dots appearing in the periphery of their vision.

These rapid eye movements, known as saccades, were timed in all of the participants to see which of them were capable of making high numbers of express saccades particularly fast responses which begin a tenth of a second after a target appears.

The findings, published in the journal PLoS One, revealed that similar numbers of the British Chinese and mainland Chinese participants made high numbers express saccades, with the white British participants made far fewer. Culturally the British Chinese participants were similar to their white British counterparts and different to the mainland Chinese students.

Therefore in terms of eye movement patterns, Chinese ethnicity was more of a factor than culture. This is contrary to several previous reports from other research groups which looked at behaviour in Asian and white participants and concluded that culture explained behavioural differences between groups.

Neurophysiologist, Dr Paul Knox, from the University's Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease, led the study. He said: "Examining saccades from different populations is revealing a lot about underlying brain mechanisms and how we think.

"Many scientists believe that the eye movement patterns you develop are due to where you live the books you read and the influence of your family, peers and community your culture."

"Our research has shown that this cannot be the case, at least for saccade behaviour. What this leaves is the way we're made, perhaps our genetics. And this may have a bearing on the way the brains in different groups react to injuries and disease."
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Nothing to see here, is there? .... You Cowards....discoveries made in the realm of genetics and biology over the course of this decade are going to make those who fall in line with politically correct group-think mighty uncomfortable to say it mildly.... You all are about to discover that the Earth is round. Stay tuned...
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Political correctness makes racism worse, not better
By Jenny An2:59 p.m. April 15 2008

Even before “The Rainbow Connection,” people have wondered why we all can’t just get along. Northwestern prides itself on promoting multicultural understanding; all freshmen must attend a “diversity” session during New Student Week, and the Law School even hosts a Diversity Week. But do all these attempts to promote racial understanding really work?

A recent study by Jennifer A. Richeson, associate professor of psychology and African American studies at Northwestern, and Sophie Trawalter, post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Policy Research, shows that whites will tend to avoid blacks out of fear and anxiety over appearing racist. The rules for political correctness that are supposed to prevent racism are not working; in fact, they’re making things worse.

“I hope that people will think about some of the side effects that may have come with external pressure to avoid behavior that could be construed as prejudiced,” said Richeson. “The norms are resulting in heightened anxiety about interracial contact and that is certainly not conducive to positive intergroup interactions, or to the creation of a less biased society.”

The world would be a wonderful place if prejudice didn’t exist, but judging people before getting to know them happens, and will continue happening. Whether it’s over ethnicity, clothing or even posture, we all subconsciously make judgments before getting to know each other.

First impressions are powerful. A study shows that the first 10 minutes of interacting with someone strongly determines how all future interactions will go. Career advisers stress the importance of a good first impression at job interviews, and Cosmopolitan stresses how important it is on a first date. These first impressions aren’t based off an understanding of a person, but on what lies on the outside.

We are all different, and making people feel like they must overlook that fact is unreasonable. It is impossible to look at someone and not recognize whether they are white, black, Asian or Hispanic. Bullying people into being colorblind will never work because ultimately, none of us can be.

Sadly, there is also evidence that, until familiar with a specific person, some level of initial fear is inevitable. Evolutionary psychologists have found that, as a result of our caveman pasts, we are fearful of those who are different than us. Research also suggests, however, that familiarity with “others” over time gives us hope to reduce prejudice. One psychological study showed that whites, when viewing pictures of black strangers, showed activity in the part of the brain that is associated with fear, which they didn’t for white strangers. When showed pictures of familiar black people, however, they did not show fear.

Racism is a natural part of human nature, but is also something we can overcome. Unfortunately, the current stigma against a natural occurring psychological reaction only creates more fear and anxiety. The white participants in the Northwestern study instinctively avoided the stimuli that made them nervous; in this case it was interaction with a seemingly threatening black person. This same pattern of avoidance has been found attached to other stimuli, such as pain.

In order to increase acceptance, what we need to address is not eradicating prejudice, which is impossible, but rather what can be done about prejudice when it does occur.
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Evolutionary psychologists have found that, as a result of our caveman pasts, we are fearful of those who are different than us.
Some of us have evolved from our caveman pasts more than others.
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We still have our reptilian brain. All of us have the fight or flight response hard wired. My point is political correctness serves to isolate racially different people which insures the fear will continue. Divide and conquer
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Precisely. Political Correctness asks us to usher aside the obvious and to disregard our perceptions that have been formed not from hearsay, but rather by personal observations and instead to believe in the mind speak of leftists who wish to create an artificial reality while they live in 99% Caucasian gated communities (Tim Wise for example). Liberals are afraid that too many of us won't be able to live alongside others if we were to acknowledge differences, (IQ, fast twitch muscle fibers, bone structure, etc.) which shows precisely how little faith the leftists have in the average person.
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We still have our reptilian brain. All of us have the fight or flight response hard wired. My point is political correctness serves to isolate racially different people which insures the fear will continue. Divide and conquer
I don't disagree. Some people have interracial friends. They grow up together. Others grow up isolated or peeking out of their blinds at the strange man walking down the street. Everybody is affected differently. The fight or flight response is more obvious in some people. Look at txtebow for example.
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Precisely. Political Correctness asks us to usher aside the obvious and to disregard our perceptions that have been formed not from hearsay, but rather by personal observations and instead to believe in the mind speak of leftists who wish to create an artificial reality while they live in 99% Caucasian gated communities (Tim Wise for example). Liberals are afraid that too many of us won't be able to live alongside others if we were to acknowledge differences, (IQ, fast twitch muscle fibers, bone structure, etc.) which shows precisely how little faith the leftists have in the average person.
I think you have wrongly interrupted my post. Political correctness has been put in place to insure separation through mistrust of races different than the viewer thus preserving the dictum of 'Divide and conquer'

The question you need to ask yourselves is who has done this and the other insane events of today's world and why.
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I don't disagree. Some people have interracial friends. They grow up together. Others grow up isolated or peeking out of their blinds at the strange man walking down the street. Everybody is affected differently. The fight or flight response is more obvious in some people. Look at txtebow for example.
Your post supports my point. When people get to know one another regardless of race creed or religious persuasion they realize there differences are not threatening. Political correctness serves to inhibit that learning process.
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I think you have wrongly interrupted my post. Political correctness has been put in place to insure separation through mistrust of races different than the viewer thus preserving the dictum of 'Divide and conquer'

The question you need to ask yourselves is who has done this and the other insane events of today's world and why.
Read my post again...PC thought is by design to help bring people together; however it requires each individual to believe in something so far from their own personal experiences and gut feelings that it causes one to question the underlying motives of the PC movement.
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I don't disagree. Some people have interracial friends. They grow up together. Others grow up isolated or peeking out of their blinds at the strange man walking down the street. Everybody is affected differently. The fight or flight response is more obvious in some people. Look at txtebow for example.
I'd venture to say that it is quite the opposite my friend.........and rather those who have not experienced diversity ( minimum 30-40% minority) are the ones who so readily espouse the virtues of Political Correctness.
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