Tag "Bias"

The unconscious impact

Psychologist Joseph LeDoux refers to bias as our human “danger detector,” as it provides a quick way to insure our safety. We make fast judgments about what is “normal” and what isn’t and often this works in our favor.1 As humans, unconscious biases are formed at an early age—we make categories and sort people into groups. These biases operate outside logic and heavily influence the way we make decisions.

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Uprooting bias

Bias is an inherent part of human nature, and though it varies in degree, on a situational basis, it cannot be completely suppressed. The best way to not let it dictate our judgement is by being aware of it and taking it into account while making a choice. This is what will help make rational decisions.

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How bias got a bad name

Bias is hardwired in us; it pervades our very being, our conversations, our actions, and decisions. In organizations, driven by decisions made by various people at multiple levels, it could make a deep impact. So, how can they keep bias out of the sphere of action? By ensuring that everyone becomes aware of it, accept it, and then challenge themselves to overcome it.

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Diversity dividend

“The capacity to discern ‘us’ from ‘them’ is fundamental in the human brain,” wrote David Amodio, associate professor of psychology and neural science at New York University, in his 2014 paper, The neuroscience of prejudice and stereotyping. “Although this computation takes just a fraction of a second, it sets the stage for social categorization, stereotypes, prejudices, intergroup conflict and inequality,” he wrote.*
Many organizations, even those who consider themselves to be fair and judicious, have hiring policies rooted in this neural reality; they continue to follow age-old practices without realizing it would not take them too far in their growth journey.

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