Implicit Bias

The Bias Beneath: Two Decades of Measuring Implicit Associations

Since its debut in 1998, an online test has allowed people to discover prejudices that lurk beneath their awareness — attitudes that researchers wouldn’t be able to identify through participant self-reports. The Observer examines the findings generated by the Implicit Association Test over the past 20 years. More

Implicit Bias

  • In a lively keynote address at the 2014 APS Annual Convention, APS Past President Mahzarin R. Banaji explains how our tendency to divide ourselves into groups operates beneath our awareness. More

    Overcoming ‘Us’ and ‘Them’

    In a lively keynote address at the 2014 APS Annual Convention, APS Past President Mahzarin R. Banaji explains how our tendency to divide ourselves into groups operates beneath our awareness. More

  • Psychological researchers like APS Fellow Naomi Ellemers are applying the scientific understanding of implicit bias to address discrimination in law enforcement, medical, and workplace settings. More

    How Scientists Are Blocking Bias in the World at Large

    Psychological researchers like APS Fellow Naomi Ellemers are applying the scientific understanding of implicit bias to address discrimination in law enforcement, medical, and workplace settings. More

  • APS Past President and William James Fellow Mahzarin Banaji pioneered research in implicit social cognition. Her collaborators and former students celebrate her work and influence. More

    Mahzarin Banaji and the Implicit Revolution

    APS Past President and William James Fellow Mahzarin Banaji pioneered research in implicit social cognition. Her collaborators and former students celebrate her work and influence. More

  • Data collected from 2004 to 2016 show that Americans’ attitudes toward certain social groups are becoming less biased over time. More

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    Implicit Attitudes Can Change Over the Long Term

    Data collected from 2004 to 2016 show that Americans’ attitudes toward certain social groups are becoming less biased over time. More

  • Interracial contact with other practitioners during medical school may help reduce physicians’ racial bias, improving treatment outcomes for patients. More

    Interracial Contact in Medical School Predicts Less Racial Bias

    Interracial contact with other practitioners during medical school may help reduce physicians’ racial bias, improving treatment outcomes for patients. More

  • Scientists from around the world, including APS Board Member Stacey Sinclair, discuss their research on the origins, varieties, and consequences of loneliness. More

    Variations of Loneliness Include Implicit Anti-Black Bias

    Scientists from around the world, including APS Board Member Stacey Sinclair, discuss their research on the origins, varieties, and consequences of loneliness. More

  • A small cue of social connection to someone from another group — such as a shared interest — can help reduce prejudice immediately and up to six months later. More

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    Engaging in a Brief Cultural Activity Can Reduce Implicit Prejudice

    A small cue of social connection to someone from another group — such as a shared interest — can help reduce prejudice immediately and up to six months later. More

  • As much as social equality is advocated in the United States, a new study suggests that besides evaluating their own race and religion most favorably, people share implicit hierarchies for racial, religious, and age groups that may be different from their conscious, explicit attitudes and values. The study findings appear More

    Research Reveals Pervasive Implicit Hierarchies for Race, Religion, and Age

    As much as social equality is advocated in the United States, a new study suggests that besides evaluating their own race and religion most favorably, people share implicit hierarchies for racial, religious, and age groups that may be different from their conscious, explicit attitudes and values. The study findings appear More

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