Bias is the tendency to favor one thing over another. It is a name we give to mental shortcuts our brains use, to help us navigate complex environments.
The problem comes when we allow our unconscious biases (or blind spots) to influence our behavior and the way we treat others.
True or False. Unconscious bias is a judgment that everybody has and is aware of making it.
We all have unconscious bias but we are unaware of making it. Unconscious bias is a bias that happens automatically and triggered by our brain making quick judgement and assessments of people and situation.
Unconscious bias can have an impact on _______
The correct answer is how you act with someone. Bias happens because the unconscious brain takes shortcuts in decision-making. The brain unconsciously categorizes people into “like me” and “not like me”. We unconsciously prefer people with whom we share similar qualities. It occurs because our brain sees them as familiar and relatable, and we all want to be around people that we can relate to. But it has also an important impact in business, research has found that unconscious bias can heavily influence recruitment and selection decisions.
True or False. We’re hardwired to treat some people better than others based on cultural identity characteristics because of unconscious bias (brain)?
We’re hardwired to treat some people better than others, based on cultural identity characteristics. This happens in the unconscious brain, which means that we may not even be aware that we are doing it.
Our unconscious mind makes ___ of our decisions without us knowing it
90% of our decisions are made by our unconscious mind without us even knowing it.
True or false. Is it possible to interrupt our bias?
Once we identify our biases, we can learn to recognize them in our interactions and work to interrupt our biased judgments. You can work to shield yourself against bias from others with an understanding of the biases that may be coming towards you or you can also actively try to reframe what others may be thinking about you.
Unconscious biases is automatic and exist in all of us to _______
The correct answer is to keep us safe. Unconscious biases are often automatic responses designed to keep us safe from harm when dealing with potentially dangerous situations.
In what different way(s) do our biases affect us and our decision-making processes?
Our biases affect us and our decision-making processes in all these different ways:
- Our Perception – how we see people and perceive reality.
- Our Attitude – how we react towards certain people.
- Our Behaviors – how receptive/friendly we are towards certain people.
- Our Attention – which aspects of a person we pay most attention to.
- Our Listening Skills – how much we actively listen to what certain people say.
- Our Micro-affirmations – how much or how little we comfort certain people in certain situations.
“Most of us believe that we are ethical and unbiased. We imagine we’re good decision makers, able to objectively size up a job candidate or a venture deal and reach a fair and rational conclusion that’s in our, and our organisation’s, best interests,” writes Harvard University researcher Mahzarin Banaji in the Harvard Business Review. “But more than two decades of research confirms that, in reality, most of us fall woefully short of our inflated self-perception.”
What is the most fundamental need that human being have?
Most recent research shows that the most fundamental need that human beings have is belonging. Research shows that the need to belong is programmed into us as infants when we begin to realize our dependency on our parents for our physiological needs.
What causes unconscious bias?
The correct answer is autopilot processing. Unconscious biases are the result of programmed guidelines and rules that the brain learns based on experience and uses for decisions that may not need—or allow for—deliberate consideration.
Choose the best order for the words in the blanks. Labeling a reaction or a thought as unconscious bias ascribes neither favorable nor unfavorable________, even though it may have unfavorable________.
The correct answer is intent/impact. One of the unique aspects of recognizing unconscious bias is that it assumes no ill intent since the underlying hypothesis is that it is the result of preferences that we do not know exist. However, there could be a negative impact.