When Foes Loom Large: Representations of Relative Formidability and Social Cognition
Monday, December 07, 2015
Research Scientist, UCLA Center for Behavior, Evolution, & Culture
University of California, Los Angeles
Persistent racial disparities in health represent a significant social and moral dilemma, as well as a serious public health concern. Racism is a fundamental cause of disease, and is physically embodied through social and psychobiological mechanisms. A social toxin, racism can be experienced environmentally at the area-level, as well as interpersonally through inter-personal experiences of racism, which impact biological processes underlying multiple disease pathways including via accelerated aging at the cellular level.