Participants responded faster to images of same-race couples and selected them more often for inclusion in the study.
More significantly, Skinner said, participants showed higher levels of activation in the insula — an area of the brain routinely implicated in the perception and experience of disgust — while viewing images of interracial couples.
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“That indicates that viewing images of interracial couples evokes disgust at a neural level,” Skinner said.
As with all neuroscience studies, Skinner said, it is impossible to be certain whether the insula activation reflected a disgust response, since the insula is sometimes responsive to other emotions.
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