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There can be a lot said for the psychological process that goes into interracial dating, but a recent study conducted by Northwestern University and the University of Virginia for the Social Psychological and Personality Science journal, such human behavior can be attributed to hocus pocus and mumbo jumbo.

Via Gawker:

According to a recent paper published by Social Psychological and Personality Science, whites demonstrated a “superhumanization bias” toward blacks, believing them more likely to have supernatural abilities and associating them with words like “mystical,” “magic,” and “wizard.”

In one study, researchers found that white people were significantly more likely to attribute a number of magic powers to black people, including “hav[ing] superhuman skin that is thick enough that it can withstand the pain of burning hot coals” and “hav[ing] supernatural strength that makes them capable of lifting up a tank.”

Whites were also found to believe black people more capable of “read[ing] a person’s mind by touching the person’s head,” but not to a statistically significant degree.

However, the paper’s authors theorize that this bias might not be limited to white perceptions of black others, writing, “superhumanization of Asians might center on enhanced intelligence consistent with stereotypes of Chinese and Japanese. We welcome future research on this topic.”

If this were true, we would have loved to see Mike Brown bounce all those bullets off his back like the Son of Jor-El.

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