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Addressing Unconscious Bias

Psychologists tell us that our unconscious biases are simply our natural people preferences - for people who look like us, sound like us and share our interests. Social psychologists call this phenomenon "social categorization” whereby we routinely, and rapidly, sort people into groups. We use these processes very effectively (we call it intuition) but the categories we use to sort people are not logical, modern or perhaps even legal. Put simply, our neurology takes us to the very brink of bias and poor decision making.

Managing unconscious bias is not just of benefit to others.  If we can control and manage our unconscious biases it releases cognitive and emotional resources. These resources lead to better/fairer decision making and enhanced problem solving, increased ability to think in novel situations, better logical reasoning and more persistence.

To address these unconscious bias, TCGEL (formerly WiSER) ran a series of Unconscious Bias Workshops/Public lectures based on a a cascade process:

Unconscious Bias

Learn more about unconscious bias in this video from Instituto CERCA: Unconscious Bias in Research Institutes