Diversity Science Lab

Calvin Lai, PhD | Washington University in St. Louis

UPDATE September 8, 2020 

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We study how to reduce hidden or implicit biases.

Hidden biases within the mind 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 these biases work, figuring out how to reduce them, and developing interventions for addressing their consequences.

Lab in the News (selected media coverage)

06/20 Making people aware of their implicit biases doesn’t usually change minds. But here’s what does work
06/20 This video explains implicit bias using a peanut butter and jelly sandwich
05/20 What’s behind COVID-19 violence?
03/20 Can you change your unconscious biases?
12/19 Old habits die hard: Will tackling implicit bias really prevent prejudiced behavior?
Medical professionals of both genders link the word ‘career’ with men
 What’s considered a microaggression?
11/18 Google got rid of ‘Smart Compose’ pronouns because humans are sexist
11/18 The Pathology of Prejudice (The New Republic)
08/18 ‘Inequality wasn’t the intention, but inequality was the outcome’: Addressing bias in AI software (St. Louis Public Radio)
05/18 Back-to-back racial profiling allegations in St. Louis highlight need for training to combat bias (STL Today)
05/18 Top of Mind with Julie Rose – Implicit Bias (BYU Radio)
05/18 Unconscious bias training can only take you so far (HR Dive)
04/18 What’s Unconscious Bias Training, and Does it Work? (The Conversation)
Starbucks to Conduct Company-Wide Racial-Bias Training (KQED Radio)
Starbucks is Closing 8,000 Stores for One Day to Conduct “Racial Bias Training” — Will it Actually Work? (Yahoo)
  Starbucks Racial Bias Training (BBC News World Service)
04/18 Starbucks is Turning to a Type of Workplace Training that “Really Took off After Ferguson (Washington Post)
04/18 Starbucks Will Give Employees Unconscious Bias Training. That May Not Help. (Daily Beast)
04/18 Starbucks CEO Responds to Controversial Arrest of Two Black Men With “Unconscious Bias” Training — What Does This Mean? (Global News Radio – 640 Toronto)
02/18 Can Artificial Intelligence Weed Out Unconscious Bias? (CMS Wire)
01/18 This Test can Reveal Biases you Don’t Even Know you Have (Christian Science Monitor)
09/17 Why Some White St. Louis-Area Residents say Protesters are Hurting the Fight Against Racism (STL Public Radio)
08/17 Freedom Center Explores Implicit Bias (WVXU Radio)
07/17 USA Today Uses Image of Wrong Asian Man in Article Explaining… Implicit Bias (The DCist)
07/17 Why Juries Have a Hard Time Convicting Cops (USA Today)