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.
Recent Lab Updates
06/09/20 Calvin Lai has written an op-ed in Education Week called “What Teachers Should Know About Implicit Bias Right Now.
05/15/20 Calvin Lai has published a paper in European Journal of Social Psychology titled “Concealability Beliefs Facilitate Navigating Intergroup Contexts.“
03/09/20 Calvin Lai has published a paper in Psychological Inquiry titled “Ordinary Claims Require Ordinary Evidence: A Lack of Direct Support for Equalitarian Bias in the Social Sciences.“
02/29/20 Pierce Ekstrom gave a talk at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology called “Ideological Differences in Sharing Of Political Information: Conservatives Conform, Liberals Confront.”
02/27/20 Megan Wilson presented a poster at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology called “Who is Bisexual? Perceptions of Ambiguous Sexual Orientation“
02/27/20 Calvin Lai gave a talk at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology called “Reducing Hidden Biases in the Lab & in the Field.“
01/12/20 Calvin Lai has published a paper in Annual Review of Psychology titled “Implicit Social Cognition.“
12/05/19 Job market success! Pierce Ekstrom has accepted an assistant professorship at University of Nebraska – Lincoln, starting in Fall 2020.
12/01/19 The Russell Sage Foundation has awarded the lab a grant titled “Improving Police-Community Relations with a Social-Psychological Intervention for Reducing Racial Bias in Policing“.
08/09/19 Calvin Lai has published a paper in Journal of Personality & Social Psychology titled “A Meta-Analysis of Procedures to Change Implicit Measures.”
07/05/19 Calvin Lai has published a paper in JAMA Network Open titled “Estimating Implicit and Explicit Gender Bias among Healthcare Professionals and Surgeons.”
04/29/19 Max Klapow presented a poster at the Mind, Brain, and Behavior Research Symposium titled “Who Is Racist?“.
03/23/19 Calvin Lai has published a paper in Perspectives on Psychological Science titled “Scientific Utopia: III. Crowdsourcing Science.”
02/09/19 Megan Wilson presented two posters at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference titled “The Role of Ambiguity in Sexual Categorization” and “Mental Representations of Racists”.
02/09/19 Pierce Ekstrom presented a poster at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference titled “We’re Good People: Moral Conviction as Social Identity”.
02/09/19 Jackie Lisnek presented a poster at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference titled “Using the Bible to Mitigate Christians’ Zero-Sum Beliefs and Bias Towards LGBT Individuals”.
01/07/19 Calvin Lai has published a paper in the Journal of Personality & Social Psychology titled “Reducing Discrimination: A Bias Versus Noise Perspective”.
07/27/18 It is outgoing Lab Manager Joel Le Forestier’s last day! He is going on to pursue a PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Toronto!
07/15/18 Calvin Lai published a paper in the Journal of Environmental Psychology titled “Explicit (but not implicit) environmentalist identity predicts pro-environmental behavior and policy preferences“.
04/19/18 Calvin Lai wrote an article about implicit bias-focused diversity training for The Conversation, which was picked up by Newsweek, Time, CBS News, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, and many other outlets.
04/13/18 Research Assistant Gina Vellequette presents a poster at Washington University’s Spring 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium.
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?
08/19 Medical professionals of both genders link the word ‘career’ with men
04/19 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)
04/18 Starbucks to Conduct Company-Wide Racial-Bias Training (KQED Radio)
04/18 Starbucks is Closing 8,000 Stores for One Day to Conduct “Racial Bias Training” — Will it Actually Work? (Yahoo)
04/18 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)