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Hard-wired bias can be overcome

WHILE IT’S crucial to be aware that humans are genetically prone to prefer those similar to themselves (“Does nature play a role?,” Editorial, April 3), it’s not cause for alarm. Recent work in the neuroscience field shows it’s surprisingly easy to overcome prejudices, hard-wired or not.

In several studies, when people were given chances to get to know individuals from a different racial group, their brain and physiological measurements showed significant positive changes toward that entire racial group.

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A complete education in our diverse world should include time for dialogue with those from other backgrounds. We take for granted that we need to teach people to read and write. Taking time to develop insights about other groups is also key to prepare for membership in society.

Jeffrey Stone

Milton

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