Yes, you have implicit biases, too

Ask any educated person what the placebo effect is, and almost all of them will be able to tell you. They will also accept, without any arm-twisting, that the placebo effect is real. After all, there is no real controversy around placebos — it’s well established that they work. And yet, any time I’ve suggested to an educated person that the placebo effect may be working on them — that they might as well be taking sugar pills for their colds instead of vitamin C — I get strenuous denials in response.

Many of us are ready to accept that placebos can work in general, just not on us. A similar dynamic exists with implicit biases.

[ Read the full article at The Chronicle for Higher Education. ]

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