Today we recall, celebrate and reflect on the birth and life of the great civil rights leader,
Social stereotypes have a neuroanatomical basis, and they can cause as much – or more – suffering than cancer, hunger or physical trauma. The images below represent the biological roots of racism, bigotry, genocide and oppression. By attempting to understand our own brains and biases, we can begin to bridge gaps of social division, nurture compassion for ourselves and others, and do our own little part to promote peace on this planet.
The ventral medial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) (a) is activated
when stereotyping individuals via “person judgements”.
The amygdala (b) is also activated when stereotyping,