implicit bias


plural implicit biases
: a bias or prejudice that is present but not consciously held or recognized
These studies reveal that students, nurses, doctors, police officers, employment recruiters, and many others exhibit implicit biases with respect to race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, social status, and other distinctions.J. T. Jost et al.
"Research shows that the majority of people have an implicit bias that associates science and technology with gender, so from a very young age, girls are not encouraged to pursue these careers," she [Caroline Simard] said.Claire Cain Miller

Examples of implicit bias in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her essential point, though, was that nothing in the SFAA ruling’s reasoning prohibits companies from adopting practices that overcome implicit bias. Dan Eaton, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Nov. 2023 The agreement also required additional police training for mental health intervention, implicit bias and de-escalation for all officers, and required the towns to introduce new officers to the community through a town meeting and for the officers to remain on probation for one year. Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2023 The spate of recent laws recognized that children of color are more likely to be suspended or expelled, a problem researchers have tied to implicit bias among teachers. Jenny Gold, Los Angeles Times, 4 Dec. 2023 Yeah, definitely more training, more implicit bias training. Nbc Universal, NBC News, 3 Dec. 2023 Part of the settlement agreement requires Brooklyn Center Police officers undergo implicit bias training. Adrienne Broaddus, CNN, 24 Apr. 2023 Without the ability to tell our own stories, any of our lives or communities can be warped by misinformation, whether driven by intentional bigotry, pursuits of power or implicit biases. Fernando Zweifach López Jr., San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Aug. 2023 Humans already struggle with implicit biases, often favoring people like themselves, and that could get replicated through AI. Danielle Abril, Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2023 California, for example, in 2021 started requiring all nursing graduates to have implicit bias training. Usha Lee McFarling, STAT, 31 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of implicit bias was in 1925

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“Implicit bias.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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