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How We See Refugees Could Be Changed by ‘Subtle Shifts’ in Language, Psychologists Find

Defining empathy as perceiving how others have the ability to feel and think, the University of North Carolina’s Kurt Gray examined “how subtle shifts in framing can alter the mind perception of groups,” according to his paper in the Journal of Experimental Psychology. He found that while “people generally perceive groups to have less mind than individuals … changing the framing of a group from ‘a group of people’ to ‘people in a group’ substantially increases mind perception — leading to comparable levels of mind between groups and individuals.”

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