• Title: Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People
  • Author: Mahzarin R. Banaji Anthony G. Greenwald
  • ISBN: 9780553804645
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Blindspot Hidden Biases of Good People I know my own mind I am able to assess others in a fair and accurate way These self perceptions are challenged by leading psychologists Mahzarin R Banaji and Anthony G Greenwald as they explore the hi
    I know my own mind.I am able to assess others in a fair and accurate way.These self perceptions are challenged by leading psychologists Mahzarin R Banaji and Anthony G Greenwald as they explore the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and natiI know my own mind.I am able to assess others in a fair and accurate way.These self perceptions are challenged by leading psychologists Mahzarin R Banaji and Anthony G Greenwald as they explore the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality Blindspot is the authors metaphor for the portion of the mind that houses hidden biases Writing with simplicity and verve, Banaji and Greenwald question the extent to which our perceptions of social groups without our awareness or conscious control shape our likes and dislikes and our judgments about people s character, abilities, and potential.In Blindspot, the authors reveal hidden biases based on their experience with the Implicit Association Test, a method that has revolutionized the way scientists learn about the human mind and that gives us a glimpse into what lies within the metaphoric blindspot.The title s good people are those of us who strive to align our behavior with our intentions The aim of Blindspot is to explain the science in plain enough language to help well intentioned people achieve that alignment By gaining awareness, we can adapt beliefs and behavior and outsmart the machine in our heads so we can be fairer to those around us Venturing into this book is an invitation to understand our own minds.Brilliant, authoritative, and utterly accessible, Blindspot is a book that will challenge and change readers for years to come.Praise for Blindspot Conversational easy to read, and best of all, it has the potential, at least, to change the way you think about yourself Leonard Mlodinow, The New York Review of Books Accessible and authoritative While we may not have much power to eradicate our own prejudices, we can counteract them The first step is to turn a hidden bias into a visible one What if we re not the magnanimous people we think we are The Washington Post Banaji and Greenwald deserve a major award for writing such a lively and engaging book that conveys an important message Mental processes that we are not aware of can affect what we think and what we do Blindspot is one of the most illuminating books ever written on this topic Elizabeth F Loftus, Ph.D distinguished professor, University of California, Irvine past president, Association for Psychological Science author of Eyewitness Testimony A wonderfully cogent, socially relevant, and engaging book that helps us think smarter and humanely This is psychological science at its best, by two of its shining stars David G Myers, professor, Hope College, and author of Intuition Its Powers and Perils The authors work has revolutionized social psychology, proving that unconsciously people are affected by dangerous stereotypes Psychology Today An accessible and persuasive account of the causes of stereotyping and discrimination Banaji and Greenwald will keep even nonpsychology students engaged with plenty of self examinations and compelling elucidations of case studies and experiments Publishers Weekly A stimulating treatment that should help readers deal with irrational biases that they would otherwise consciously reject Kirkus Reviews

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    1. The short form: Humans are really good at detecting patterns All cultures include assumptions about groups Humans absorb these assumptions as implicit associations regardless of their explicit beliefs More privileged people grossly underestimate the harm from small acts of prejudice against less privileged people Good people recognize these mindbugs and seek ways to work around themTry and be excellent to each otherLibrary copy

    2. DNF. I made it almost halfway through the book and then realized I am under no obligation to finish something I find this dull and obvious. Your Cliff Notes for this book: Humans like categories and are very good at recognizing patterns. Humans live in cultures. Cultures tend to be homogeneous and distrust "otherness." Individuals pick up these biases from their cultures. As society has evolved (which, looking at daily headlines, is a questionable assumption), prejudice/bias is now considered "b [...]

    3. Your brain associates concepts, and it doesn't always tell you. Drs. Banaji and Greenwald give a great illustration to introduce the testing method that forms the basis for most of this book: imagine that you have a deck of shuffled cards, and you're told to separate them into two piles. Hearts and Diamonds go to your left, and Spades and Clubs go to your right. You can probably do that really quickly, without even having to think, since your brain can just associate the pairs into "Red goes lef [...]

    4. Interesting insights, boring delivery. Half the book is about racial stereotyping, which seems to be a hot media issue these days. You might think that this book about how everyone harbors some level/version of prejudice, but it's actually about how YOU harbor some level/version of prejudice. Even if you don't know it.

    5. Interesting but repetitive. It was repetitive and there were some good observations but it was very repetitive. Didn't finish the book.

    6. This is a book about the unconscious biases of good people. The book centers around the results from implicit association tests. Many of us in 21st century America are conscious egalitarians. We consciously believe it is wrong to discriminate on the basis of race,class, gender or sexual orientation. However unfortunately we carry unconscious biases which we largely have no control over. These biases show up on an implicity association test. the test usually involve rapidly responding and clickin [...]

    7. This book, I believe must be read by almost anyone who is unaware of the idea of Implicit Association (as I was). The main text is only 167 pages, the rest is Appendices, Notes and Index. For the 167 pages of text, the information content is very good. At the heart of it, the book explains the presence of blindspots, i.e. presence of implicit associations that our brain makes, without our conscious awareness, between groups and certain characteristics/properties. Such unconscious bias may (and u [...]

    8. For anyone who likes the genre of books like Freakonomics and The Tipping Point this is a great read. And for anyone else whose interested in the intersection of science and behavior with issues like structural racism and sexism (and plenty of other 'isms'), I'd highly recommend this book. Implicit-Association Test (IAT) is a relatively new social psychology test designed to "detect the strength of a person's automatic association between mental representations of objects in memory." It makes a [...]

    9. I highly recommend this book. It explores in-depth the finding that unconscious attitudes can influence people's actions without their knowledge. Using data obtained using the Implicit Association Test (developed at Harvard), the authors make a convincing case to convince the reader that, yes, you probably are prejudiced in ways you don't know, and yes, those prejudices impact your actions in ways which would horrify you if you knew about it.It's another way to understand what "white privilege" [...]

    10. This book is a result of the research of psychologists Banaji and Greenwald using the Implicit Association Test (more information about the test and the actual tests are available on their website implicit.harvard/implicit/) They examine hidden biases people may have regarding thing such as race, gender, and age as well as a number of other things. They look at what those hidden biases may mean in regards to our behavior and what if anything we can do to guard against them. It's definitely an in [...]

    11. A great and fairly quick read for 2017. This book focuses on out hidden biases, those that operate below our level of consciousness. It includes instruments to test your own hidden biases on a number of marginalized groups, race foremost among them. Most of us, including members of marginalized groups, will discover that as much as we proclaim our commitment to equality for all, our unconscious brain is operating under the surface trying to reinforce systemic biases in our culture and institutio [...]

    12. I love this book.Iʻve listened to it a few times, while doing other stuff, and with pretty fast pace.So much insight. Iʻll listen to it again a few more times over time since I no longer need to worry about returning some forms of library books on time

    13. Would recommendThis book is about evidence-based studies about implicit association/unconscious bias/cognitive dissonance, and although it is not quite popular science, the tone is conversational and accessible. The authors fully concede their own biases, and that helps humanize the findings. Also, taking the Implicit Association Tests that the authors developed is VERY eye-opening. Unfortunately, the book is short on solutions (because are there really any?), but it's worth the read to get a be [...]

    14. I read this in preparation for a presentation I'm giving, and I found it interesting and informative. If you're already familiar with the Implicit Association Test (IAT), then much of this book will be a review. But it's hard to dock the book stars for that when its authors are the creators of the IAT. Although most of this research wasn't new to me, it's still important. If you're not familiar with implicit bias, I'd highly encourage you to read this book.

    15. This book is an excellent introduction to the concept of implicit bias and Implicit Association Tests. I've taken several IATs online, and I have some serious work ahead of me to counteract the implicit biases I have. The book is written in very accessible language and makes its point well. Don't stop reading at the end of the text--the appendices may be even more crucial than the book itself! I highly recommend this book.

    16. I appreciated the chance to think about our unconscious biases, and how they might shape our attitudes and relationships. These are undoubtedly important ideas. But the book felt repetitive, and I didn't feel that I got a whole book's worth of insight out of reading it.

    17. I expected more from this book, but it was still good. I liked the differentiation between explicit and implicit and the discussion on how we can have two different beliefs.

    18. Contrary to some beliefs, the battle against racism in the USA is still being fought. It is not and never has been a "one-and-done" effort. One of the more crucial things people must understand is how pervasive racism is. Our country was built on it, thrived on it, and still does.For generations, the rhetoric of racism was painted in broad, binary strokes: racism - bad, anti-racism - good; racist - bad, non-racist - good; torches, swastikas, white hoods, ugly words, overt discrimination, violenc [...]

    19. These guys developed a test called the IAT test. IAT stands for Implicit Association Test, which is to test how you react to something unconsciously, mainly in terms of stereotypes. The test tries to see how we associate positive or negative words with different stereotypes. For example, it tells us to click a certain keyboard (if the test is online) button for any word on the screen that is positive (such as good, wonderful) and then do the same for a picture of a black person (we should press [...]

    20. The book started off engaging but got increasingly repetitive, dry, and technical as it progressed. I don't think anything "new" or groundbreaking is written about here; implicit bias has existed in psychology for a long time and, coupled with the repeated urgings of the authors to go to the IAT site to take the test, the content just became cyclical. The takeaway: whether we are aware of it or not, our interactions with others are tainted by our unconscious preconceptions about people, and thos [...]

    21. Compelling book that focuses in particular on our own self awareness & unconscious bias. The fact that 75% of African Americans feel more comfortable & at ease around Whites than blacks was stunning to me. In the book they interviewed Malcolm Gladwell who is biracial & after taking the tests it told him he was more comfortable around whites even though his mother is black!But this book steps into unconscious biases that we think we can overcome (and we are aware we do) but that for m [...]

    22. While not well written (always a deterrent in recommending a book), this cites study after study to explain why we THINK we think one way, but actually think another. The subtitle about "hidden biases" will frighten off anyone who hasn't already become aware that what they wish they believed is not always consistent with how they act. Using layman's analyses of evolutionary biology, the authors explain how humanity has been predisposed to prefer those "like us," then exposes how arbitrary our de [...]

    23. The biggest conclusion of this book (implicit bias is pervasive and directly builds racial discrimination) is, of course, important. The Implicit Association Tests that are the data for this book are pretty eye-opening.But, I had several problems with assumptions, attitudes, and tone of this book. Too many of my margin notes are "WTF?!", when they casually drop in a racist joke to unpack laughing/cringing, or have a table of human characteristics with gender choices of male, female, gay, lesbian [...]

    24. Blindspot was an intriguing novel. I had gone to a conference that was led by this author and so I found that a lot of the exercises and examples in the book I had already done them. It was a really good refresher and I think it’s interesting to learn about your own biases. It is very educational.

    25. I've heard Dr Banaji give a talk.It was kind of totally awesome.I put this one on hold as the next of my Popcorn* Popsci books.*Light, fluffy, a ton of butter and seasoning and not all that much substance, but utterly addictive.

    26. Fascinating. Much of the research I've read in bits and pieces elsewhere and this compilation held together nicely. It's important to be aware of our hidden biases.

    27. I think this book would give most of us some disturbing feeling. We tend to lie to others about our true discrimination toward something, some people, because we don't want others to view us a bad person, however our brain is a very interesting organ that we also can fool ourselves. We thought we are not quite that evil, but turn out to be we just convince ourselves that we are nice gave many examples that i also would ask myself that if I have discrimination for certain professions? such as wou [...]

    28. I'll be facilitating a book group for educators using this book that was discussed at a PD our principal went to. It's nothing explosive and the examples were either ones I had read/heard about or were new to me but demonstrated things that I already knew a bit about. There were moments when an example or statement got me thinking, but again, nothing new-ish. Yes, there are some studies that have been updated so that's good in terms of reinforcing the first studies themselves and I did take thre [...]

    29. This averages to a 3 for me. The first part of the book I would rate as a 4, but I seemed to lose interest as I went along. Then the last two chapters that summarized the findings of all the studies were very interesting to me.This book discusses implicit bias. Biases we don't know we have. Scholars have developed an ingenious method of testing implicit bias. You can take the tests online and choose from several different bias tests like race, body weight, attractiveness, and many others. When I [...]

    30. People, even people with the best of intentions, have biases. We say that justice is blind because we know how sight might betray us with instinctive acknowledgement of things unnecessary and detracting from the scales of equal consideration, thus deceiving the principle we hope to uphold. But what happens when that prejudice goes beyond your senses and resides in your mind, in the dark unconscious recesses that even your consciousness can't rationalize away? These "mindbugs" are everywhere, Ban [...]

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