The University of New South Wales in Australia has made an amazing discovery:
A study of university students playing a computerised shoot 'em up game has revealed strong stereotyped bias against Muslim-looking people.
Innocent figures in the game were more likely to be shot at if they were wearing turbans or hijabs, the University of New South Wales researchers said.
"Muslims tend to be portrayed negatively in the media so the findings make sense, even in an otherwise tolerant western society like Australia.''
"As Australia has not been subject to Muslim terrorist attacks on its territory, other countries in the forefront of Muslim terrorism such as the USA and Britain may show an even stronger 'turban effect' than the one we demonstrated here,'' he said.
"However, based on the present data, we cannot distinguish whether this turban effect is due to negative stereotypes associated with Muslims or obvious negative stereotypes associated with terrorists - that is, a person with a turban holding a gun.''