Unconscious Bias

During our last formation time, Pam Hernandez of The Right Reflection came to to talk to us about unconscious bias, or the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. We all have varying levels of unconscious biases so check out these resources to learn how to discovers yours and combat it.

Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in unconscious bias. Their goal  is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the internet. You can take online tests that reveal your feelings towards different races, ages, genders and many more. Check out their tests here to get started.

A TED Talk by Barry Schwartz describes paradox of choice and how having more options has made us more stressed out. Watch it here to learn more. If you liked that, you can read a whole book on the subject! The Paradox of Choice: A Righteous Mind goes into more detail about the roles of choice and decisions in our life.

Finally you can explore Look Different, a website sponsored by MTV that includes examples of hidden unconscious bias in advertisements and media, as well as games to test your bias- such as selecting the picture of who you think is more likely to be a CEO. Check it out here.

“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.” ― Robertson Davies

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