Do we trust people who speak with an accent?

A recently published study shows that unless they speak in a confident tone of voice, you’re less likely to believe someone who speaks with an accent. And, interestingly, as you make this decision different parts of your brain are activated, depending on whether you perceive the speaker to be from your own ‘in-group’ or from some type of ‘out-group’ (e.g., someone with a different linguistic or cultural background).
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Thousands pack huge anti-racism gig as Merkel urges Germans to speak out

Thousands pack huge anti-racism gig as Merkel urges Germans to speak outTens of thousands of people thronged an anti-racism concert Monday in protest against xenophobic mobs that ran rampage in the city of Chemnitz, as Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans to stand up against the far right’s message of hate and division. Chemnitz, in former communist Saxony state, was flung into the spotlight as far-right protesters went after foreign-looking people in violent demonstrations last week against the fatal stabbing of a man, allegedly by an Iraqi. Bearing anti-racism posters, many chanted “Nazis out” at the gig, featuring several punk and indie bands under the motto “there are more of us”.


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Richard Russell: Family of Seattle plane hijacker speak of 'complete shock' at airline worker's death

Richard Russell: Family of Seattle plane hijacker speak of 'complete shock' at airline worker's deathThe family of a “suicidal” airline employee who hijacked a passenger plane in Seattle have spoken of their shock and sadness at his death. Richard Russell, a ground service agent at Sea-Tac International Airport, took off in an empty 76-seater plane at the height of rush hour on Friday evening. The Horizon Airlines worker flew the plane for around an hour, committing a number of dangerous manoeuvres while being followed by military jets, before crashing into a small island in the Puget Sound at 8.47pm.


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