Implicit Bias Education Session


Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Rogers Road Community Center, 101 Edgar Street in Chapel Hill

Implicit Bias Community Series

Session I March 19: Overview of and Evidence for Implicit Bias – Dr. Keith Payne, Professor, UNC-CH Dept. of Psychology

The session will be interactive and reflective to help participants understand the impact and manifestation of implicit bias on decision-making. Payne is part of a small community of academic scholars from around the world who are associated with Project Implicit – a multi university research collaboration to study implicit bias. The Payne lab studies social cognition—thinking and feeling about people and socially important issues. They are especially interested in the unintended and the unconscious. Using a variety of methods, from behavioral experiments to large scale surveys to mathematical modeling, they are turning up answers to questions like:

  • Why do people sometimes act in prejudiced ways even when they intend to be fair?
  • Do you have opinions or beliefs that you don’t know about?
  • How do people set aside unwanted biases and act the way they want to?
  • And what happens when that process breaks down?

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