Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People

By | July 3, 2019
Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People Author Mahzarin R. Banaji
ISBN-10 0345528433
ISBN-13 9780345528438
Year 2016-08-16
Pages 272
Language English
Publisher Bantam
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I know my own mind I am able to assess others in a fair and accurate way These self perceptions are challenged by leading psychologists Mahzarin R Banaji and Anthony G Greenwald as they explore the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age gender race ethnicity religion social class sexuality disability status and nationality Blindspot is the authors metaphor for the portion of the mind that houses hidden biases Writing with simplicity and verve Banaji and Greenwald question the extent to which our perceptions of social groupswithout our awareness or conscious controlshape our likes and dislikes and our judgments about peoples character abilities and potential In Blindspot the authors reveal hidden biases based on their experience with the Implicit Association Test a method that has revolutionized the way scientists learn about the human mind and that gives us a glimpse into what lies within the metaphoric blindspot The titles good people are those of us who strive to align our behavior with our intentions The aim of Blindspot is to explain the science in plain enough language to help well intentioned people achieve that alignment By gaining awareness we can adapt beliefs and behavior and outsmart the machine in our heads so we can be fairer to those around us Venturing into this book is an invitation to understand our own minds Brilliant authoritative and utterly accessible Blindspot is a book that will challenge and change readers for years to come Praise for Blindspot Conversational easy to read and best of all it has the potential at least to change the way you think about yourself Leonard Mlodinow The New York Review of Books Accessible and authoritative While we may not have much power to eradicate our own prejudices we can counteract them The first step is to turn a hidden bias into a visible one What if were not the magnanimous people we think we are The Washington Post Banaji and Greenwald deserve a major award for writing such a lively and engaging book that conveys an important message Mental processes that we are not aware of can affect what we think and what we do Blindspot is one of the most illuminating books ever written on this topic Elizabeth F Loftus Ph D distinguished professor University of California Irvine past president Association for Psychological Science author of Eyewitness Testimony A wonderfully cogent socially relevant and engaging book that helps us think smarter and more humanely This is psychological science at its best by two of its shining stars David G Myers professor Hope College and author of Intuition Its Powers and Perils The authors work has revolutionized social psychology proving thatunconsciouslypeople are affected by dangerous stereotypes Psychology TodayAn accessible and persuasive account of the causes of stereotyping and discrimination Banaji and Greenwald will keep even nonpsychology students engaged with plenty of self examinations and compelling elucidations of case studies and experiments Publishers Weekly A stimulating treatment that should help readers deal with irrational biases that they would otherwise consciously reject Kirkus ReviewsFrom the Hardcover edition

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