Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob
VISIT OUR OTHER SITES: THE AWESOMER | 95OCTANE

Technabob is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Learn more.

Rare Disease Causes Elfin Facial Features, Erases Racial Bias

by Lambert Varias
Advertisement

A rare genetic disease called Williams Syndrome causes “mild to moderate mental retardation, elfin facial features and gregarious social behavior;” a recent study published in the journal Current Biology theorizes that children with Williams Syndrome also have no racial bias. Maybe we should call it Legolas Syndrome.

legolas_lotr

Seriously though, it turns out that parts of our brain – specifically the amygdala and the fusiforn face area (FFA) – are responsible for “encoding race information” and as a side effect, make us biased towards our own race. It seems that Williams Syndrome causes “reduced activity and… impaired interactions” between these two parts. It’s sad that we’re kind of inclined to be racists by nature, but I’m pretty sure we can easily outgrow it. Maybe in the future scientists can pluck that racist gene from our DNA. (Or at least let us choose to be elves – Ed.)

[via Science Blogs via Neatorama]



Xbox Series X Fridge

Xbox Series X Fridge

The Sound of Skateboarding

The Sound of Skateboarding

Bluegrass Backstreet Boys

Bluegrass Backstreet Boys

Advertisement
2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Price Announced

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Price Announced

2022 GMC Hummer EV Is a 1000 hp Off-Road Supertruck

2022 GMC Hummer EV Is a 1000 hp Off-Road Supertruck

Ford + Filson Bronco Wildland Fire Rig Is Ready to Help Firefighters

Ford + Filson Bronco Wildland Fire Rig Is Ready to Help Firefighters

Advertisement