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Hidden Biases of Good People

You May Not Think What You Think You Think

by David Meyer

Psychology professors Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald explore the labyrinthian path our irrational beliefs follow – or don't.

Mahzarin R. Banaji – who teaches social ethics in Harvard University’s psychology department – and Anthony G. Greenwald – who teaches psychology at the University of Washington – offer an intriguing, eye-opening journey through aspects of yourself you may not recognize. For example, if you consider yourself fair-minded and nonjudgmental, you might be shocked to learn that – according to their findings – you still hold prejudices against some group of people and maybe more than one.

Principles of equal rights and fair treatment, values essential to any modern democratic political system, have existed for barely a few centuries.Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald

In 1994, Greenwald created the Implicit Association Test (IAT), which assesses bias. Millions of people have taken this test. The authors studied people’s answers and learned that bias is widespread and commonplace.

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