Many people face prejudice, from ethnic minorities to the overweight. But recent studies have identified a few new targets of discrimination: Take, for example, atheists. Research by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology has found that atheists are deemed about as trustworthy as rapists-a bias based on "the belief that people behave better if they feel that God is watching them," according to study author Will Gervais from the University of British Columbia.
Another recent study in the Journal of Applied Psychology titled "Discrimination Against Facially Stigmatized Applicants In Interviews" found that employers discriminate against hiring people with facial blemishes like birthmarks, scars, and port wine stains. It's not that the interviewers were thinking God I can't stand looking at this person every day. They were just so distracted by the facial blemish that they recalled less information about these job candidates. "When evaluating applicants in an interview setting, it's important to remember what they are saying," says study author Mikki Hebl of Rice University. "Our research shows if you recall less information about competent candidates because you are distracted by characteristics on their face, it decreases your overall evaluations of them."