Tuesday, December 22, 2009



New research: Speech correctness does not hide real attitudes

The Left have driven most verbal comment on group differences underground but they will have a job suppressing non-verbal cues. Simplified summary plus academic journal abstract below:
"A great deal of information can be communicated nonverbally. Weisbuch et al. have used experimental, archival, and survey studies to find that the nonverbal communication of racial bias in popular television shows perpetuates implicit racism in viewers. A subsequent field data analysis yielded a correlation between U.S. viewer ratings and a Federal Bureau of Investigation tally of anti-black hate crimes in the same localities.

SOURCE
The Subtle Transmission of Race Bias via Televised Nonverbal Behavior

Max Weisbuch et al.

Abstract

Compared with more explicit racial slurs and statements, biased facial expressions and body language may resist conscious identification and thus produce a hidden social influence. In four studies, we show that race biases can be subtly transmitted via televised nonverbal behavior. Characters on 11 popular television shows exhibited more negative nonverbal behavior toward black than toward status-matched white characters. Critically, exposure to prowhite (versus problack) nonverbal bias increased viewers’ bias even though patterns of nonverbal behavior could not be consciously reported. These findings suggest that hidden patterns of televised nonverbal behavior influence bias among viewers.

Science 18 December 2009: Vol. 326. no. 5960, pp. 1711 - 1714

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

A rather odd finding this, especially when you realize that since Chairman Obummer's coronation, most TV commercials and programs create the impression that this country's majority is black, when it cleary is not.

Apparently, now that political correctness has changed not only what we say, but how we say it, the next step is facial expressions? No matter. I'm sure the people are dumb enough to accept it.

Stan B said...

SO apparently George Orwell's "Big Brother" was wrong - you can't stop people from thinking badly just because you take away their words to speak badly.....

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Bobby said...

"SO apparently George Orwell's "Big Brother" was wrong - you can't stop people from thinking badly just because you take away their words to speak badly....."

---Actually, in 1984 the character describes trying to mantain a neutral expression all the time.

Anonymous said...

That's odd...many popular show I've seen typically place minorities above whites. Some go further to demonize whites and showing that blacks are mostly the victims.

What popular shows are the researchers watching? And are they even popular?

Anonymous said...

I wonder how they then took this analysis and determined its impact on 'anti-black hate crimes' - how do you establish a causal connection between non-verbal cues on tv and actual crimes...???

Anonymous said...

"Political correctness is a far greater danger to our freedom than is terrorism."

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"I wonder how they then took this analysis and determined its impact on 'anti-black hate crimes' - how do you establish a causal connection between non-verbal cues on tv and actual crimes...???"

Didn't you know? Liberals have the ability to create their own facts.

Jesus said...

"Didn't you know? Liberals have the ability to create their own facts."

You mean like Bush and Cheney who made up "facts" to get us into Iraq? Is that what you mean? Huh?