Melinda Henneberger / Hidden biases -- ‘mindbugs’ -- infect everyone’s brain - Press of Atlantic City: Commentary

Melinda Henneberger / Hidden biases -- ‘mindbugs’ -- infect everyone’s brain

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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 12:01 am

For more than 30 years, psychologists Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald have been studying the unconscious biases that take root in our brains, coloring everything from hiring decisions to how doctors mete out medical care and judges rule on sentences. If you don't think you harbor any such mental stowaways, tugging you in favor of white over black, straight over gay, or male over female - yes, perhaps even if you're a proud black lesbian - then log onto Harvard University's Project Implicit and prepare to be disappointed in someone you never knew held such appalling views: you.

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