Mahzarin R. Banaji

discusses

Blindspot:
Hidden Biases of Good People

This event includes a book signing

Date

Feb
27
Wednesday
February 27, 2013
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

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Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome Harvard psychologist MAHZARIN H. BANAJI for a discussion of her book, Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, co-authored with Anthony G. Greenwald.

I know my own mind. I am able to assess others in a fair and accurate way. These self-perceptions are challenged by leading psychologists Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald as they explore the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality.

“Blindspot” is the authors’ metaphor for the portion of the mind that houses hidden biases. Writing with simplicity and verve, Banaji and Greenwald question the extent to which our perceptions of social groups—without our awareness or conscious control—shape our likes and dislikes and our judgments about people’s character, abilities, and potential. In Blindspot, the authors reveal hidden biases based on their experience with the Implicit Association Test, a method that has revolutionized the way scientists learn about the human mind and that gives us a glimpse into what lies within the metaphoric blindspot. The title’s “good people” are those of us who strive to align our behavior with our intentions.

The aim of Blindspot is to explain the science in plain enough language to help well-intentioned people achieve that alignment. By gaining awareness, we can adapt beliefs and behavior and “outsmart the machine” in our heads so we can be fairer to those around us. Venturing into this book is an invitation to understand our own minds. Brilliant, authoritative, and utterly accessible, Blindspot is a book that will challenge and change readers for years to come.

Mahzarin R. Banaji
Mahzarin R. Banaji

Mahzarin R. Banaji

Mahzarin R. Banaji is the Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard University. Banaji is the president-elect of the Association for Psychological Science. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, and in 2009 was named the Herbert A. Simon Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Among her awards are Yale’s Lex Hixon Prize for Teaching Excellence, Columbia University’s Morton Deutsch Award for Social Justice,and a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association. She has also received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

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