The Science of Equality Volume 1: Addressing Implicit Bias, Racial Anxiety, and Stereotype Threat in Education and Health Care, released in the fall of 2014, details social science research that can help make sense of the day-to-day dynamics of race and how race impacts our everyday lives.
The Research Advisors to the Perception Institute have worked to identify effective interventions to reduce bias and identify related phenomena that must be addressed to create a more equal society. The result is a report series: The Science of Equality. The series examines and explains the perceptual distortions that underpin implicit bias and the anxiety that ensues when race is expressly discussed.
Volume One draws on over two hundred studies to describe the operation of implicit bias, racial anxiety and stereotype threat; to document how students of color are both overdisciplined and given too little feedback on their work in the classroom; to examine how standardized tests lowball the aptitudes and abilities of black and Latino students; and to show how the fact that doctors are far from immune from the kinds of biases and anxieties that affect all of us leads to worse outcomes for African Americans and increased distrust between black patients and white doctors.
Future volumes will address racial harm in the contexts of the media, politics and policy, employment and criminal justice.
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