Want to help a bigot become a better person? Get in bed with them (but not in *that* way). Conventional wisdom says you can’t change someone’s deep-seated personal beliefs, but a new study may have proven the opposite. Researchers at Northwestern University performed ‘counter stereotype training’ on a group of study participants with biased attitudes toward race and gender by showing them images that went against their own biases, then encouraged them to take a 90-minute nap. After the nap, they were reminded of the anti-bias imagery with sound cues. This process resulted in a change in their attitudes toward groups to which they’d previously displayed prejudice. Do you think people can change? Have you witnessed such transformation firsthand? Share your experiences in the comments.
Sleep Therapy for Bigotry
January 11, 2017