Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=1968277
 
 

Footnotes (60)



 


 



Bits of Bias


Jerry Kang


University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

December 4, 2011

IMPLICIT BIAS ACROSS THE LAW, Justin Levinson, Robert Smith, eds., Oxford University Press, 2012
UCLA School of Law Research Paper No. 11-40

Abstract:     
Scientists have demonstrated that implicit biases are pervasive, large in magnitude, and have real-world consequences. What can we do about them? One principal strategy is to decrease the implicit bias in our minds (the other is to disrupt their causal link to behavior). In order to decrease bias, we should understand where they come from in the first place. Put crudely, is it nature nurture? I argue that it’s mostly nurture, and of a specific sort – via vicarious experiences with outgroups mediated by electronic media. These vicarious interactions, fed to us via entertainment, news, social media, and computer mediated-communities, strengthen particular mental associations. If these vicarious experiences are indeed a substantial source of implicit bias, what might policymakers do, in the shadow of the First Amendment?

Number of Pages in PDF File: 18

Keywords: implicit bias, virtual worlds, media, social contact

Accepted Paper Series





Download This Paper

Date posted: December 5, 2011 ; Last revised: January 9, 2012

Suggested Citation

Kang, Jerry, Bits of Bias (December 4, 2011). IMPLICIT BIAS ACROSS THE LAW, Justin Levinson, Robert Smith, eds., Oxford University Press, 2012; UCLA School of Law Research Paper No. 11-40. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1968277

Contact Information

Jerry Kang (Contact Author)
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law ( email )
385 Charles E. Young Dr. East
Room 1242
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476
United States
310-206-7298 (Phone)
310-206-7010 (Fax)
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 2,320
Downloads: 229
Download Rank: 78,823
Footnotes:  60

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo8 in 0.281 seconds