posted on Apr, 6 2004 @ 04:00 PM
Anger may trigger spontaneous, automatic prejudices. Psychologists asked 87 volunteers to write in detail about events from their past which they felt
very, sad or emotionally neutral. Participants were subsequently assigned into two groups, color-coded either red or blue. Subjects had words from
their written experiences linked to anger, sadness or neutrality flashed at them, followed by pictures of people from both color groups. Volunteers
then were asked to quickly categorize fellow participants either positively or negatively. When angered, blue subjects evaluated red coded individuals
negatively, but not fellow blue members; the same was true for reds. Sadness and neutrality triggered no bias. The researchers, from Northeastern
University and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, say that the results could prove significant for professions that require snap decisions,
such as law enforcement. The findings appear in the May issue of Psychological Science.
I guess this explains why I hate Eagle Talons...