Heart Disease Drug Found To Reduce Racism

Propranolol-_2161445bA pill to prevent subconscious racism? If only we’d known that it was this easy … the Telegraph reports:

Volunteers given the beta-blocker, used to treat chest pains and lower heart rates, scored lower on a standard psychological test of “implicit” racist attitudes. They appeared to be less racially prejudiced at a subconscious level than another group treated with a “dummy” placebo pill.

Scientists believe the discovery can be explained by the fact that racism is fundamentally founded on fear. Propranolol acts both on nerve circuits that govern automatic functions such as heart rate, and the part of the brain involved in fear and emotional responses.

Experimental psychologist Dr Sylvia Terbeck, from Oxford University, who led the study, said: “Given the key role that such implicit attitudes appear to play in discrimination against other ethnic groups, and the widespread use of propranolol for medical purposes, our findings are also of considerable ethical interest.”

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  • Raz

    It is proved then: hate is a pathology!

    • Hadrian999

       it’s an evolutionary function that has lost it’s usefulness.

      • AngryWhitey

        Wouldn’t it be evolutionarily beneficial to hate polluters and oligarchs and suchlike?

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  • saint_al

    Phooey. I’ve met racists who could wash down those pills with a PBR and then ask if you had any Vicodins. 

    • Jin The Ninja

       what is ‘PBR’?

      • DeepCough

        “Pabst Blue Ribbon,” nectar of the blue-collar, working class male, and swill of the affluent hipster scum.

        • Jin The Ninja

          thank you. i am probably a ‘hipster’ in some ways, but i drink only 3 or 4 times a year, so i have no idea about booze culture- affluent or working-class…

        • Mysophobe

          I wonder how many rednecks realize that PBR is proudly 100% union made in the USA and thus the enemy of freedom and liberty in our time. They really should be drinking Coors if they care about supporting rugged individualism and whatnot. Also, how can I get my homophobic, racist, islamophobic coward of a father on these miracle glimpse-of-sanity pills? Sure would make my rare visits a bit more tolerable.

          • saint_al

            “Lighten up, Francis.”
            /not your enemy

          • M.C.

            It doesn’t work, bro. My Mom’s on it and she still hates white people.

          • Eric_D_Read

            It can’t be racism if it’s directed towards white people.

          • Maylen

            thats why racists’ still exist, like me. you can’t drop the bullshit so neither will we.

          • AngryWhitey

            White people are so racist that we hate other kinds of white people… Damn guineas and micks and pollacks. 
            That is a joke.

          • Jin The Ninja

            there actually is a european hierarchy of race, so it’s not quite a joke.

          • Anarchy Pony

            Wasps think they’re on the top.

          • mark

            how true…all non-whites get a pass courtesy of the leftist media that dreamt up racism as a mass phenonmenon peculiar to sworn enemies of Communism. Naturally, Communists can’t be racists since they are only concerned with the betterment of working people everywhere. And of course they couldn’t possibly lie since even though they seek world domination and unlimited power they know honesty is the best policy.

          • Red

            Rednecks are necessarily union men:


          • Anarchy Pony

            The term redneck originally comes from unionizing coal miners who wore red bandannas and faced extreme violent repression from coal company gun thugs back around the early twentieth century.
            That’s for those of you too lazy to follow that link.  

          • Irving Greenfield

            The term “Redneck” refers to southern farmers who always had a bit of a sunburn on the back of their neck from plowing the fields.

          • Anarchy Pony

            No actually it doesn’t.

        • Red

           thats bullshit. no fucking working man is drinking blue ribbon. pussy hipsters do, but no blue collar, “redneck” is going to drink that. they drink budlight, budweiser, coors, miller, keystone. cheap shit.

          • Red

            Maybe now, but just a few years ago here in VA, PBR was the cheapest thing on the shelves (excluding the garbage-waters you listed). Thanks to hipster-driven inflation, it’s now more expensive than the superior Southpaw Light and High Life.

            conversations about beer > conversations about subconscious racism

  • DeepCough

    There is only drug that could actually eliminate racism–and that’s Ecstasy.

    • http://twitter.com/maxpower000 j stott

      or just get rid of the south

  • Hadrian999

    that is the worst way to “solve” racism. we don’t need every part of our identity governed by a pill. 

    • Candicepenelope

      We may when the average black man has to worry about his every move especially around cops. After all they wouldn’t want to get shot for driving, walking or breathing while black would they?

      • Hadrian999

         it isn’t solving racism, it is suppressing a symptom while ignoring the cause

        • Candicepenelope

          Frankly I’d love to go after the causes. Fearmongering, stereotyping, institutional racism, scapegoating, ect.. Unfortunately we seem to have tremendous difficulty even having a conversation about these things in this country. Let alone doing anything about them. I suppose taking a pill is the easy way out, but do you have a better idea?

          • Hadrian999

            we take medication for too many things as it as, letting fear convince us to surrender our own bodies to outside control and manipulation is never an answer.

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    I’m looking forward to next week’s debate about when we should start adding this to the drinking water.

  • neurolux

    How soon till judges demand the ability to prescribe medication?

    • Calypso_1

      umm…Judges already can order medication.  Many psych hospitals have in-house hearing rooms for the cases.

  • Nunzio X

    If only someone could develop a drug to reduce / cure stupidity.

  • curious

    Who would want to erase racism?!?! it’s what this nation is built on!

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  • Maylen

     “racism is fundamentally founded on fear”… no I don’t think so… racism is founded on hatred. it’s not something to be sugar coated. & I don’t think a pill is going to change my feelings towards blacks.

    • Jin The Ninja

       but hopefully some perspective will.

    • MoralDrift

      Hatred comes from fear you scared halfwit

      • Xxsombrfirexx

         thats not entirely true…im not afraid of black people but i do hate quite a few of them

        • NoOneInParticualr

          then that’s not racism.  that’s being human.  racism is a blind hate for a race.  if you hate africans or japanese or chinese or americans, despite who they are, what they’ve done and have no desire to get to know them OR have ill feelings toward them…that is racism.

        • http://www.facebook.com/cees.timmerman Cees Timmerman

          Why? Are you afraid of what those few do?

  • Calypso_1

    I would definitely say racism is a heart disease.
    Neural pathways between the amygdala and vagus nerve regulate cardiac responsiveness to fear based stimuli.  The amygdala also causes a person to be able to better recognize facial emotion presentation on someone of their own race – Causing the “All ‘X’ look the same” effect.
     If an individual has low vagal tone they have poor heart rate variability in the presence of these stimuli causing poor emotional adaptation, increased anxiety, fear response, defensiveness, etc.
     β-blockers, which are used to treat various aspects of heart disease, increase vagal tone, thus alleviating symptoms.

  • Guest

    heart charka. bam.

  • Jin The Ninja

    you can’t cure institutional, systemic and codified (legal) racism with a pill. it’s the structure not the ‘cell.’

  • http://www.facebook.com/dreamsofkadath Frank Loonee

    I call BS. Race prejudice is a mental hangup, not a circulatory problem. I expect peer review will tear this story to shreds.

  • Glytch

    Does anyone else heave a problem with the fact that there were only 36 people in this study?

  • Rawvirus

    I read a few years ago that a professor was ridiculed because he believed that racism was a defensive mechanism originating from our tribal ages.  This was a way of identifying your enemy.  Now a lot of countries have become multicultural yet minority groups congregate in packs/gangs/tribes as a defensive mechanism for protection.  Racism can be very destructive… so can ignorance.