According to a new study conducted by researchers at Tufts University, Stanford University and the University of California, whether we perceive someone as Black or white depends on the clothes they are wearing.
Participants of the experiment were asked to categorize computerized images of people with varying skin tones and clothing. The results show participants were more inclined to label people dressed in suits as white and people in overalls as Black.
Even when a white face was dressed down, the volunteers’ hand movements indicated that they were at first instinctively drawn to label it Black. The researchers determined this using a hand-tracking technique that followed the trajectory of the mouse.
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