Implicit Bias is Real, Implicit Bias Training Matters: Responding to the Negative Press

17 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2020

Date Written: August 18, 2020

Abstract

The Huffington Post recently reported “‘Implicit bias’ training don’t actually change police behavior, Anti-racism courses are too short, too simplistic – and may be making things worse.” We beg to differ. Because we worry that headlines like this weaken respect for implicit bias training at a time when it is most in demand and most needed, we write to offer a more extended analysis. This paper reviews the sources of criticism of implicit bias, reviews studies showing effectiveness of well constructed training, and suggests intentions for going forward.

Suggested Citation

Redfield, Sarah E., Implicit Bias is Real, Implicit Bias Training Matters: Responding to the Negative Press (August 18, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3686762 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3686762

Sarah E. Redfield (Contact Author)

University of New Hampshire ( email )

15 College Road
Durham, NH 03824
United States

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