Physics Club: Kate A. Ratliff, University of Florida/Project Implicit, “Mind Bugs: Understanding the Impact of Implicit Bias”

Event time: 
Monday, September 12, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Sloane Physics Laboratory (SPL), 59 See map
217 Prospect St.
New Haven, CT 06511
(Location is wheelchair accessible)
Event description: 

Much of our perception and thinking is shaped by mental activity that occurs outside of conscious awareness or conscious control. Because of that, judgment and action can be unintentionally influenced by factors that we do not recognize, and may not value. This presentation will focus on implicit bias – attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, decision-making, and behavior in unwanted ways. There will be four parts to the presentation: (1) demonstrations illustrating that we do not have complete access to or control over our mental operations, (2) examples of how this lack of control can translate to social judgments of others based on group membership, (3) research evidence for the influence of group-based implicit bias on meaningful, real-world behavior, and (4) practical next steps for managing implicit bias in organizations.