Unconscious Bias: The Contact Solution

Sondra Thiederman, Ph.D. Franklin Roosevelt was President, the Great Depression was raging, and Jean Harlow was the reigning queen of Hollywood – all this while the first serious studies of unconscious bias and prejudice began to emerge. In particular, much… Continue reading →

Grabbing the Controls

Sondra Thiederman, Ph.D. Have you ever believed something was a certain way, acted as if you were right, and, voila!, your belief came true? If that initial belief is a positive one, these self-fulfilling prophecies can be great, but, what… Continue reading →

Bias-Spotter Partnerships: Calling Your Team to Action

Sondra Thiederman, Ph.D. The challenging thing about an unconscious bias is, well, it’s unconscious. Fortunately, though, the conscious mind is not the only tool at our disposal for spotting bias. Another is to keep an eye on the actions and… Continue reading →

Unconscious Biases: They Tend to Give Themselves Away

Sondra Thiederman, Ph.D. Sometimes I get impatient with the phrase “unconscious bias.” The word “unconscious” leaves the impression that these biases – these inflexible beliefs about particular categories of people – are completely beyond our reach. In turn, because they… Continue reading →

Negative Bias: Loosening Its Hold

Sondra Thiederman, Ph.D. After immersing myself in the study of unconscious bias for the last decade, I have come to believe that there is a great deal we can do both to minimize the acquisition of biases and to defeat… Continue reading →

Does He Like Asparagus?: Bias, Asparagus, and the MRI Machine

Sondra Thiederman, Ph.D. The very fact that the title of this article links the subject of unconscious bias with a diagnostic machine and even a vegetable sure says something about the innovative work researchers are doing in this important field… Continue reading →

The Hidden Cost of Unconscious Bias

Sondra Thiederman, Ph.D. We all know there is a high cost for bias in the workplace. Some of those costs are obvious: managers fail to hire valuable employees, the target of the bias is deprived of career opportunities, and the… Continue reading →

A Gift Wrapped in Coarse Cloth

Sondra Thiederman, Ph.D. OK … spoiler alert. I realize it is slightly unprofessional, but there is no way I can write this missive without revealing my political preference. I am not, of course, assuming that all who read this feel… Continue reading →

Labradors in the Yard: The Unconscious Bias Connection

Sondra Thiederman, Ph.D. Sitting in my home office in San Diego, I can easily gaze into the yard at what might be termed the Labrador Play Yard. Even in the absence of the dogs, there is an obvious and, I… Continue reading →

I’d Never Date a Republican

Sondra Thiederman, Ph.D. Let’s face it, these are volatile times when it comes to the political scene. Tempers are flaring, conversations are stifled, friendships – not to mention the welfare of the nation – just might be hanging in the… Continue reading →

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