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: Implicit-Bias Training Cannot Work Because We Can’t Eliminate Bias. This myth arises from a misunderstanding of what implicit-bias training is trying to do. While it is very difficult to reduce or even eliminate our biases, that is not the goal of implicit-bias training. Implicit-bias training is focused on making individuals aware of their personal biases and helping them manage their biases by giving them strategies and skills to reduce the likelihood that those biases will impact their behaviors.

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