What You'll Learn
The last fifty years of research in experimental psychology has shown that we may not understand our own minds as well as we think we do; however, we can reveal a world of hidden thoughts when we observe our minds through the lens of implicit bias.
Implicit bias refers to judgments made without conscious awareness about a person, based on group-level features such as age, gender, race/ethnicity, social status, sexuality, and more. Developed and taught by Harvard Professor Mahzarin Banaji, this course begins with the premise that implicit bias is a feature of all human minds. To experience the benefits of this curriculum all you need is a willingness to examine your own thoughts and behaviors with scientific curiosity so you can make better decisions in life and at work.
With Professor Banaji as your guide, you will be introduced to case studies and well-established scientific research to better understand implicit bias and the ways it can be addressed by individuals, organizations, and societies. You will hear from industry leaders on how unintended bias seeps into the daily work of organizations and how they developed practices to detect and challenge this bias. You will practice proven strategies to avoid common pitfalls and gain access to valuable resources that will help you outsmart implicit bias in your work. Engaging exercises will often surprise you and reveal how your perception doesn’t align with objective reality. With reflective questions, you will begin to draw your own conclusions about the unintended impact of implicit bias and why it may impede your effectiveness as a member of your organization.