- Watch the three videos in the boxes below.
- Learn the "Important Definitions."
- In the Identify Your Biases box, complete the two questionnaires and one or two Project Implicit tests.
- Look over the "9 Common Thinking Biases" and read the article for expanded descriptions.
Implicit Bias: Peanut Butter, Jelly and Racism
Direct link (2:26)
Do You Have a Racial Bias?
Direct link (5:09)
How Microaggressions are Like Mosquito Bites
Direct link (1:57)
Test Yourself for Hidden Bias
An introduction to bias, stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination from the Teaching Tolerance project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
- Bias: "Prejudice in favor of
- Explicit attitude: "An attitude that you deliberately think about and report (from Project Implicit); also referred to as explicit bias. For example, Greenpeace and the National Rifle Association are very clear about their positions on environmental and gun control issues, respectively.
- Implicit attitude: "Positive and negative evaluations that occur outside of our conscious awareness and control" (from Project Implicit); also referred to as implicit bias. These attitudes can cause us to unconsciously and unintentionally think or act in ways that conflict with our known values and beliefs. For example, a professor might not notice female students or students of color and only call on white male students to speak in class.
- Stereotype: "An exaggerated belief, image or distorted truth about a person or group -- a generalization that allows little or no individual differences or social variation" (from Teaching Tolerance).
- Prejudice: "An opinion, prejudgment or attitude about a group or its individual members" (from Teaching Tolerance).
- Discrimination: "Behavior that treats people unequally because of their group memberships. Discriminatory behavior, ranging from slights to hate crimes, often begins with negative sterotypes and prejudices" (from Teaching Tolerance).
- Microaggressions: "Brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative...slights and insults toward people of color” and other marginalized groups. The term originated as racial microaggressions and focused on the racialized experiences of people of color. Learn more at The Microaggression Project and Microaggressions in Everyday Life (video).
Identify Your Biases
Political Party Quiz (Pew Research Center)
Answer 11 questions to find out where you fit on the partisan political spectrum and see how you compare to other Americans by age, race, religion, and gender.
Who Shares Your Views on Race? (Pew Research Center)
Answer 11 questions used in a national survey to see what you think and how that compares with the rest of the U.S.
Includes a number of Implicit Association Tests (IATs) that measure your unconscious bias related to social attitudes and mental health. Take one or two of the IATs. Questioning the validity of the tests? Watch "The Hidden Prejudice," an interview with the researchers.