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 and implicit-bias training, 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: There is No Evidence Implicit-Bias Training is Effective. There are many studies that have shown implicit-bias-awareness training produces positive results. These are experiments where subjects are randomly assigned to receive the implicit-bias training or not. Results consistently show those who receive the implicit-bias training versus the control group are more aware of their biases and more concerned about discriminatory behavior. Additionally, experiments show that implicit-bias training can reduce biased behavior in those receiving the training.

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