Is Perception Reality?

The world functions as though it is, but studies in the mind sciences demonstrate that the ways we see each other and the world around us are profoundly influenced by our culture and the media.

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Perception 20/20

Toward a new vision of black men and boys.

In order to change the way our society treats black men and boys, we must shift the way our society perceives black men and boys. Perception 20/20, the official blog of the Perception Institute, features a broad range of writers, thinkers and scientists dedicated to this shift.

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Research: Science & Perception

Most Americans believe in equality, yet discrimination persists. Why? Recent research shows that automatic processes in our brain shape our perceptions and our actions. What you see, it turns out, isn’t always what you get. This is your brain on race.

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Representation: Culture & Perception

Media plays a significant role in shaping our perceptions of race. For many, media is the primary way they learn about black men and boys. With a few notable exceptions, most media present black men as figures to be admired for their athletic prowess or artistic talent, but feared for their potential criminality. When we get our knowledge of race from the media, race itself triggers a complex set of emotions: fear, envy, anxiety, but also admiration and desire.

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Reality: Living & Perception

Stereotyping and bias are universal human phenomena. No one is immune from the effects of implicit bias, racial anxiety, and stereotype threat. These phenomena have serious impacts on our decisions and on the way we treat each other in every sphere of our daily lives.

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