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Unconscious Bias: The Truth About Stereotypes

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Brandon Bobb

on 2 May 2011

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Transcript of Unconscious Bias: The Truth About Stereotypes

Unconscious Stereotypes 1. For many years people believed that only bigoted people had stereotypes, but now scientists have discovered that all people, weather they know it or not, have some type of stereotype. 2. This is called an unconscious bias, where even if people know they are doing it or are trying to do it they still have a bias towards different types of people. 3. Scientist and physiologists think that the bias that some people have is due to inadequate parenting. 4. If parents do not instill the correct ideas into their children they are more likely to grow up with skewed views. 5. If the parent is showing their child that they have stereotypes and bias and are exposing their kids to it, it will be what they grow up with and what they know. Even if the child does not think that this is happening, it could be happening without them even knowing about it, which is an unconscious bias. So basically an unconscious bias is when someone is stereotypical without knowing it. Bias can also be formed from an environment you grew up in. In the article "UVa Today: Unconscious Stereotypes" they believe a common stereotype is that men are smarter than women. They think this may contribute to gender gaps in the math and science performance around the world. In the article "Unconscious stereotypes slow newsroom diversity" they believe that humans favor people most like themselves.
All of this is information that could help us stop stereotypes once and for all. Thank you for your time.
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