Dr Chris Chambers, from the University of Cardiff’s School of Psychology, said the results should be viewed with ‘extreme caution’.
He said: ‘We don’t know whether the drug influenced racial attitudes only or whether it altered implicit brain systems more generally.
‘And we can’t rule out the possibility that the effects were due to the drug incidentally reducing heart rate. So although interesting, in my view these preliminary results are a long way from suggesting that propranolol specifically influences racial attitudes.’
Well, thanks for that note of caution, but perhaps you should instead explain what the holy hell made Oxford University’s experimental psychologist Dr Sylvia Terbeck experiment with this in the first place?
And who the hell volunteers for this sort of thing?
Two groups of 18 white participants took part in the study. Each volunteer was asked to undertake a ‘racial Implicit Association Test’ (IAT) one to two hours after taking propranolol or the placebo.
Only white participants? Isn’t that going to make your little experiment rather one-sided?
I mean, racism crosses all races. Doesn’t it?