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New research from a team of cognitive neuroscientists suggests that simply putting on a uniform, similar to one that the police might wear, automatically affects how we perceive others, creating a bias towards those considered to be of a low social status. Sukhvinder Obhi, Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, and post doc Ciro Civile conducted the research which was recently published in Frontiers in Psychology. The results raise important questions about stereotypes and profiling, and explore how the symbolic power and authority associated with police uniforms might affect these tendencies.
Michael Brook, Chemistry & Chemical Biology, and School of Interdisciplinary Science, Faculty of Science, is the winner of this year’s Chemical Institute of Canada’s Macromolecular Science and Engineering Award. The award is presented to a researcher who has made a distinguished contribution to macromolecular science or engineering. Brook is recognized for his contribution to silicone polymer chemistry, with his nomination describing him as Canada’s most renowned silicone polymer expert.