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CM 056: Mahzarin Banaji On The Hidden Biases Of Good People

CM 056: Mahzarin Banaji On The Hidden Biases Of Good People

Do good people discriminate more often than they think? That is exactly what a team of researchers found when they analyzed the thoughts and reactions of millions of people around the world.  

Harvard University Professor of Social Ethics, Mahzarin Banaji, author of the book, Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, shares surprising findings from Implicit Association Tests taken by over 18 million people from over 30 countries. What she reveals may surprise you.

Banaji is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, as well as the Radcliffe and Santa Fe Institutes. She and her co-author Anthony Greenwald, Professor at Washington University, have spent their careers uncovering the hidden biases we all carry when it comes to issues like race, gender, age, and socioeconomics.

In this interview, we talk about:

How knowing our blindspots can help us innovate
How we can measure the extent of our biases with the Implicit Association Test
How the implic