Decades of scientific evidence support the existence of implicit biases, their role in how our brains process information, and how they can impact our thoughts and behavior.  However, questions and confusion remain.  In this six-part series, Dr. Lorie Fridell, CEO of Fair & Impartial Policing, tackles some of the common misperceptions about implicit biases, translating some of the complex science into plain language. She identifies the facts and fictions surrounding implicit biases and the importance of implicit-bias-awareness training.

Fiction: The science behind implicit bias is not strong. In fact, there is a great deal of science and empirical documentation supporting the existence of implicit biases. Those who refute the strength of the scientific research often point to the reliability and validity of the Implicit Association Test (IAT). However, what is important to understand is the IAT is only one measure of many that validate implicit bias.


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