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Wearing a uniform may change the way the brain processes information

New research from a team of cognitive neuroscientists suggests that simply putting on a uniform, similar to one that the police might wear, automatically affects how we perceive others, creating a bias towards those considered to be of a low social status. Sukhvinder Obhi, Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, and post doc Ciro Civile conducted the research which was recently published in Frontiers in Psychology. The results raise important questions about stereotypes and profiling, and explore how the symbolic power and authority associated with police uniforms might affect these tendencies.

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