World-leading social psychologist and MacArthur ‘genius’ award-winner Jennifer Eberhardt on how to deal with a common hidden prejudice: racial bias.
Did you know that stress and fatigue levels make you more likely to treat people according to a pre-existing racial stereotype? That the mere presence of a black face makes it more likely we will correctly recognise a blurred gun or knife in a photograph? Or that bringing people into close contact with those of a different group can actually exacerbate, not reduce, their prejudices?
You don’t have to be racist to be racially biased. Unconscious bias can be at work without our realizing it, and even when we genuinely wish to treat all people equally, ingrained stereotypes can infect our behaviour. Unlike racism, racial bias is not the fault of nor restricted to a few “bad apples” but is present at all levels of society in media, education, and business.
The good news is that we are not hopelessly doomed by our innate prejudices. In this talk, Stanford psychology professor Jennifer Eberhardt will remind us that racial bias is a human problem–one all people can play a role in solving.
While Jennifer’s work does have a strong emphasis on racial bias, it is absolutely applicable to all forms of bias including things like cultural, gender or age bias and is not just limited to racial bias. This is important as we are all affected by bias one way or another.
This unmissable talk is for everyone concerned with the fight for a fairer and less prejudiced world – from government leaders to corporate CEOs, teachers to police officers.
Praise for Jennifer Eberhardt:
‘Jennifer is one of the great thinkers and one of the great voices of our time …
I believe her book will change the conversation on race in our society – and perhaps our society itself.’ Carol Dweck, author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
‘This book helps us scientifically view how racial bias works in our own minds and throughout society. We could not ask for a better guide to understand this reality than Jennifer Eberhardt.’ Kamala D. Harris, United States Senator for California
‘She is saying things that make people uncomfortable, but she has the evidence to back up the reality of what she’s describing … [her work is] … original, provocative, and rigorous. I think she has changed the way we all think about the American dilemma of race.’
Susan Fiske, Princeton University