It’s human nature to categorize people. When we meet someone for the first time, we make instant judgments about their social status and their personality. Susan Fiske has devoted her career to examining the role of these kinds of judgments in stereotypes and bias. Her research shows that we favor people whom we see as warm and competent, and snub those we view as cold and inept. These perceptions are heavily influenced by race, age, gender, and disability, which can lead to stereotyping and discrimination. With the help of brain imaging, Fiske has found that our social perceptions and prejudices have neural components. But while prejudice may be an inevitable part of the human condition, Fiske’s research shows that it also is surmountable.
A psychological study suggests a potential way to minimize the impact that gender bias can have on women’s career advancement. More
A sample of research exploring racial bias in perception of size and strength, pathways linking testosterone and aggression, and reactivation of previous experiences. More
The Russell Sage Foundation has announced a new grant opportunity connected to a special initiative titled “Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context.” More