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[2023] Why human prejudice is so persistent: A predictive coding analysis Why human prejudice is so persistent: A predictive coding analysis
  • Social Epistemology, 37(6), 1-19. (SSCI, A&HCI) (doi: 10.1080/02691728.2023.2237942)

Although the relationship between prejudice and predictive coding has attracted more attention recently, many important issues remain to be investigated, such as why prejudice is so persistent and how to accommodate seemingly conflicting studies. In this paper, we offer an integrated framework to explain the functional-computational mechanism of prejudice. We argue that this framework better explains (i) why prejudice is somewhat immune to revision, (ii) how inconsistent processing (e.g. one’s moral belief and biased emotional reaction) may occur, (iii) the dispute over the content of ‘alief’ (unconscious belief), and (iv) conflicting data reported in disinformation studies. Finally, we briefly review the main intervention strategies and offer recommendations.


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