Research on Unconscious Bias

“Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See” by Jennifer L. Eberhardt, PhD
"Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgements in Our Daily Lives” by Howard J. Ross

Goldyne, A. J. (2007). Minimizing the influence of unconscious bias in evaluations: A practical guide. Journal-American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law , 35(1), 60.

Haider, Adil H., et al. “Unconscious race and class bias: its association with decision making by trauma and acute care surgeons.” Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery 77.3 (2014): 409-416.

  • “The objective of this study was to determine, using clinical vignettes, if unconscious race and class biases exist specifically among trauma/acute care surgeons and, if so, whether those biases impact surgeons’ clinical decision making.” Read this study!

Pronin, E. (2007). Perception and misperception of bias in human judgment. Trends in cognitive sciences, 11(1), 37-43.

These biases can occur in interviews, mentorship relationships, and even in writing letters of recommendation. According to some of this research, below are some types of bias that can occur: 

  • Confirmation Bias
  • Groupthink and the Bandwagon Effect
  • Anchoring Bias
  • Selection Bias
  • Clustering Illusion & Reporting Bias
  • Observer Expectancy Bias

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