Blindspot: Hidden biases of good people

  • Judge Baker Children's Center

Presenter: MahazarinR. Banaji, PhD, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Department of Psychology, Harvard University

We think that we know our own minds and that we are able to assess others in a fair and accurate way. Mahzarin Banaji will challenge these self-perceptions during her talk as she explores the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality. In particular, Dr. Banaji will explain how these biases shape our likes and dislikes and our judgments about people’s character, abilities, and potential; how biases can be revealed using the Implicit Association Test—a method that has revolutionized the way scientists are learning about the human mind; and critically, how well-meaning people may better align their behavior with their good intentions.

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