Unconscious Bias

20 Nov 2017

with Dr Robert Livingstone at the Roffey Park Institute.

Unconscious bias is part of the common parlance of human decision making, both in social and political contexts, and organisational contexts. It can be found explicitly in debates (often heated) about, for example, race, religion, gender and sexuality. In the context of US and UK politics it is arguably more important than ever to understand the role it plays. Implicitly, it is woven into our everyday decision making and by definition is out of our awareness. One such example is illustrated through how people react to a hurricane given a female name, who underestimate its severity and fewer of them leave their homes.

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