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AC Winter 2010 Stereotypes TV clips reveal racist body language

AC Winter 2010 Stereotypes TV clips reveal racist body language

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TV clips reveal racist body language, study finds December 18, 2009 Joseph Hall Researchers at Tufts University say negative body language between black and white characters in TV dramas studied, such as House, above, was clear in recent experiments. PHOTO SUPPLIED Racist body language comes through loud and clear on television, even when the sound is off, a new study shows. Through a set of ingeniously concocted experiments, reported Friday in the journal Science , researchers show that white characters in television series display far more negative body language toward their black peers than to members of their own race. The bias conveyed by these body clues is not only recognized subconsciously by people who watch the shows, but significantly influences their feelings about the black characters. "Sadly, we observed that non-verbal race bias is a typical pattern on scripted television shows," lead study author Max Weisbuch said in a release on the paper.
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