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Biased
Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do | Jennifer L. Eberhardt, PhD
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"Groundbreaking."--Bryan Stevenson, New York Times bestselling author of Just Mercy From one of the world's leading experts on unconscious racial bias, a personal examination of one of the central controversies and culturally powerful issues of our time, and its influence on contemporary race relations and criminal justice. You don't have to be racist to be biased. Unconscious bias can be at work without our realizing it, and even when we genuinely wish to treat all people equally, ingrained stereotypes can infect our visual perception, attention, memory, and behavior. This has an impact on education, employment, housing, and criminal justice. In Biased, with a perspective that is at once scientific, investigative, and informed by personal experience, Jennifer Eberhardt offers us insights into the dilemma and a path forward. Eberhardt works extensively as a consultant to law enforcement and as a psychologist at the forefront of this new field. Her research takes place in courtrooms and boardrooms, in prisons, on the street, and in classrooms and coffee shops. She shows us the subtle--and sometimes dramatic--daily repercussions of implicit bias in how teachers grade students, or managers deal with customers. It has an enormous impact on the conduct of criminal justice, from the rapid decisions police officers have to make to sentencing practices in court. Eberhardt's work and her book are both influenced by her own life, and the personal stories she shares emphasize the need for change. She has helped companies that include Airbnb and Nextdoor address bias in their business practices and has led anti-bias initiatives for police departments across the country. Here, she offers practical suggestions for reform and new practices that are useful for organizations as well as individuals. Unblinking about the tragic consequences of prejudice, Eberhardt addresses how racial bias is not the fault of nor restricted to a few "bad apples" but is present at all levels of society in media, education, and business. The good news is that we are not hopelessly doomed by our innate prejudices. In Biased, Eberhardt reminds us that racial bias is a human problem--one all people can play a role in solving.
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Come-read-with-me
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Wow!!! This is an amazing analysis of implicit and hidden bias in America, with an emphasis on the relationship between law enforcement and members of the black community. Part academic analysis, part autobiography Eberhardt allows the reader experience life from the perspective of people who live in a world where even minor incidents can prove to be a threat to their lives. Simply stunning! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #nfnov.

Come-read-with-me @come-read-with-me I learned that infants as young as three-months-old show stronger preferences/higher responsiveness to faces of photos of people who share their racial background. 1mo
lele1432 That's fascinating! 1mo
Scochrane26 I had this checked out but didn‘t get to it before the Halloween books. Will try to get it before end of year because I really want to read it. 1mo
Come-read-with-me @Scochrane26 It‘s very good. The author has a very approachable style of presenting research. Great read! 1mo
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BeththeBookDragon
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A difficult but important listen

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catiewithac
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This is an interesting read. Part review of studies about how racial biases impact our decisions and feelings, and personal stories about racism. Eberhardt excels at the personal whether its her own POV, her son‘s, inmates at San Quentin, and college students at U of V. I found the middle section boring, but it picks up after the home ownership chapter. This book will certainly make you reconsider how you think!! 💭

JackOBotts Stacked! And I love the puzzle! 3mo
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jcalyn5
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“...what social psychologists call moral credentialing. ‘People are more willing to express attitudes that could be prejudiced when their past behavior has established their credentials as nonprejudiced‘... It‘s the ‘some of my best friends are black‘ hall pass. If you‘ve stored enough credits in the bank of equality, you‘re entitled to behave badly.” #bias #socialpsychology #psychology

SW-T So agree with that statement! 4mo
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jcalyn5
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“The mistake we keep making—the mistake we all keep making—is in thinking that our work is done. That whatever heroic effort we‘ve made will keep moving us forward. That whatever progress we‘ve seen will keep us from sliding back to burning crosses and hiding Torah scrolls.” #bias #racism #antisemitism

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MelissaSue81
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Seriously.. read (or listen to) this book. There is so much underlying racial (and other) bias in our society today. The social psychology research is fascinating to me but some of the more anecdotal stories made me cry. This is required reading. 5 stars

catiewithac I'm reading this now! So good! 😍 4mo
Scochrane26 This sounds interesting. I learned a lot about racism last yr when I read We Were Eight Years in Power by ta-nehisi Coates. And his book Between the World and Me, too. If you‘re interested. 4mo
MelissaSue81 @Scochrane26 - I‘ve read those both and they are excellent. This author is a social psychologist (Ph.D.) so she discusses a lot of her scientific studies as well as her own and others experiences with racial bias. The scientific background is what really blew me away with these I actually want to read all her articles. I once had plans to become a social psychologist myself. 4mo
Scochrane26 @MelissaSue81 I loved social psych in college & am a social worker/therapist now. The studies are what interests me; I stacked it so I‘ll remember to check it out. Glad you‘ve read the other 2, I‘m always recommending them. They were very eye-opening for me. (edited) 4mo
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MelissaSue81
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Ok @megnews I don‘t have the mental energy right now to make a pretty collage but here are my #20booksby2020. Mostly current library holds and checkouts, my #netgalley #reviewathon list, plus remaining books for some challenges (there‘s more but I don‘t have them all planned out.) I want to read about 100 more books this year so this list is a good start!!

megnews I want to read The Storyteller soon too!! 4mo
rather_be_reading awesome! 4mo
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shanaqui
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Feeling rough today, so wife went to her knit & natter group and I went to Waterstones. Nice and quiet, and I picked myself out some books to keep my restless brain busy.

Clare-Dragonfly Knit & natter sounds so much nicer (and more British!) than stitch‘n‘bitch 😆 4mo
shanaqui @Clare-Dragonfly Heh, yeah. It's held in a very nice shop, too! They just expanded into a huuuuge new space. :D 4mo
rabbitprincess Unthinkable was really good! Hope you like it 😊 4mo
shanaqui @rabbitprincess I originally stacked it from you, I think! 4mo
rabbitprincess @shanaqui Could have been! Speaking of brain books, I got my library to order Brainstorm, by Suzanne O'Sullivan, after you read it 😊 4mo
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A social psychologist who studies implicit bias, Dr Jennifer Eberhardt explores in this book some of her research findings interwoven with personal stories of her own experiences of bias and that of others. She also delves a bit into explicit bias, focusing on the violent alt-right events in Charlottesville. A terrific book with very accessible science.

#ReadingUSA2019 #Ohio (author from)

Librarybelle I‘ve been eyeing this one...stacking! 5mo
squirrelbrain Sounds interesting - stacked! 5mo
NatalieR Very interesting! 5mo
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Floresj
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4.5 stars rounded up....really interesting and readable book detailing the implicit bias in society- how was established, the implications, and how it‘s measured. With a wide variety of anecdotes and cases, this book shows how pervasive bias is for all of us. Great book!

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Itchyfeetreader
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This is undoubtedly an important book - the author brings decades of clinical and social research into conscious and unconcious racial bias with a specific focus on criminal justice and education. She writes well and carefully explains a huge number of studies into the topic as well as explaining their significance. She does so without judgement whilst explaining some of the clinical as well as social with I found fascinating. ⬇️⬇️

Itchyfeetreader My only criticism is that at times it felt a little disjointed, however I learned a great deal and the chapters especially on education will stay with me especially when paired with some of my take always about data gaps from invisible women which I finished earlier in the week. 7mo
LaurensLibrary I've been into all of these kind of books lately! Thanks for turning me on to a new one! 7mo
Itchyfeetreader @LaurensLibrary more than welcome - it‘s definitely worth reading. The author is hugely experienced and paints a really clear picture. We have been talking a lot about unconscious bias at work so her thoughts on training programmes on this topic were also incredibly timely for me 7mo
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Christine
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This was outstanding - highly recommend. Eberhardt expertly demonstrates (via study after scientific study, and plenty of heartfelt anecdotal evidence from her own experiences and those of others) that we ALL are racially biased, and how American culture is teeming with racial bias. And that we need to work much harder on recognizing, admitting to, and confronting it. Loved the audio - the author reads with passion.

SW-T Sounds like a good read. We form thoughts quickly and unconsciously, regardless of our intentions. Reminds me of Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman or Malcolm Gladwell‘s 8mo
Christine @SW-T Yes, and good call re: the similar titles! I still need to read the Kahneman book. 8mo
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