This article adds onto the idea of implicit bias and a slightly different spin on it with the concept of “the own race bias”. An underlying theory about this bias is usually the fact that there is usually a lower level of contact with other races compared to same race individuals. There was a second study done that reversed this result however, showing that even when an individual came in contact with a high level of other races there still seemed to be a lot of bias. This article then examines how the possibility of consuming alcohol and intoxication can affect how we see our own race bias and how we interpret others. It was hoped that by testing this concept it would be possible to we might be able to determine driving forces in what causes biases in people. The results of the test did prove that there was no significant proportion of the variance in the test participants that really proved that alcohol consumption had any affect on how their own race bias was interpreted.


Hilliar, Kirin F., et al. “Now Everyone Looks the Same: Alcohol Intoxication Reduces the Own-Race Bias in Face Recognition.” Law and Human Behavior, vol. 34, no. 5, 2010, pp. 367–378.,