Diversity Science Lab

Calvin Lai, PhD | Washington University in St. Louis

We study how to redirect implicit biases.

Implicit biases outside of conscious awareness or control create a gap between what people value (e.g., racial equality) and what people do (e.g., racial discrimination). Our research seeks to close this gap by understanding how implicit bias works, figuring out when it changes, and developing interventions for addressing its consequences.

Recent Lab Updates

04/13/18 Research Assistant Gina Vellequette presents a poster at Washington University’s Spring 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposim.
03/22/18 Lab Manager Joel Le Forestier has accepted an offer to pursue a PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Toronto!

Lab in the News

04/18/18 BBC News World Service on Starbucks Racial Bias Training
04/18/18 Starbucks to Conduct Company-Wide Racial-Bias Training
04/17/18 Starbucks is Turning to a Type of Workplace Training that “Really Took off After Ferguson”
04/17/18 Starbucks Will Give Employees Unconscious Bias Training. That May Not Help.
04/17/18 Starbucks CEO Responds to Controversial Arrest of Two Black Men With “Unconscious Bias” Training — What Does This Mean?
02/23/2018 Can Artificial Intelligence Weed Out Unconscious Bias?
01/18/2018 This Test can Reveal Biases you Don’t Even Know you Have
09/28/2017 Why Some White St. Louis-Area Residents say Protesters are Hurting the Fight Against Racism
08/10/2017 Freedom Center Explores Implicit Bias
07/26/2017 USA Today Uses Image of Wrong Asian Man in Article Explaining… Implicit Bias
07/24/2017 Why Juries Have a Hard Time Convicting Cops