The human mind operates like an iceberg: although we are aware of a great deal of our mental life, it is nothing compared to our unconscious. In the past few decades, scientists have developed methods to better understand the mental shortcuts that people use to navigate their social universe. Jay Van Bavel will describe how our preferences for certain individuals and social groups such as those based on race, gender and age are triggered automatically and often outside our conscious awareness—known as implicit bias.
Implicit bias is not about racism or bigotry per se. As research from Van Bavel’s laboratory suggests, implicit bias is often grounded in a basic human tendency to divide the social world into groups. In other words, what may appear as an example of tacit racism may actually be a manifestation of a broader propensity to think in terms of “us versus them.” Thus, everyone with a brain has the potential to develop and express implicit bias towards outgroups.
Through vivid examples and scientific studies, you will learn how scientists measure implicit bias, how they develop, and what you can do about them. Unfortunately, efforts to make people aware of implicit bias often fail to change their behavior--and can even backfire. But understanding the science will allow you to learn what works, and what doesn’t work, when addressing implicit bias. By the end of this talk, you will better understand what you can do to address implicit bias in the workplace.
Jay Van Bavel started conducting research into the psychology and neuroscience of implicit bias 15 years ago and has published on this topic in top scientific journals as well as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Scientific American. His research on implicit bias has been cited by numerous other media sources as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.
Jay Van Bavel is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Neural Science with an affiliation at the Stern School of Business in Management and Organizations at New York University where he teaches one of the largest courses in the university.
Jay Van Bavel conducts award-winning research on how collective concerns—group identities, moral values, and political beliefs—shape the brain and behavior. He has published over 60 academic papers on implicit bias, diversity and inclusion, group identity, team formation, cooperation, motivation, and the social brain.
Jay Van Bavel has written about his research for the public in the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Scientific American. He has appeared on Through the Wormhole on the Science Channel and NBC News, been interviewed on WNYC, Bloomberg News, and NPR, and had his work profiled in international media and been cited in the US Supreme Court.
Jay has given a TEDx talk at the Skoll World Forum as well as invited talks at many of the top Psychology Departments and Business Schools in the world (Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Oxford, Stanford). He has also given featured talks at international conferences and numerous organizations (e.g., Uber, Amazon, Reed Smith, Canadian Space Agency).
Jay Van Bavel's research has received several awards, including the Young Investigator Award for distinguished contributions in social neuroscience from the Society for Social Neuroscience, the Young Scholars Award for outstanding achievements in social and personality psychology from the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science. He is currently writing a book on the social brain.
Kavli Foundation Scientist-Writer Fellowship (2015)
APS Janet Taylor Spence Award for transformative early career contributions (2015)
SAGE Young Scholars Award for outstanding contributions to personality & social psychology (2015)
SESP Elected Fellow (2014)
S4SN Young Investigator Award for distinguished contributions in social neuroscience (2012)
University of Michigan Training Course in fMRI Fellowship (2010)
SPSP Student Publication Award (Honorable Mention; 2009)
SPSSI Social Issues Dissertation Award (2009)
SESP Dissertation Award (Finalist; 2009)
CPA Certificate of Academic Excellence for Dissertation (2009)
Summer Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience Fellowship (2007)
SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship (2006)
APS Student Research Award (2006)
CPA Certificate of Academic Excellence for Masters Thesis (2005)
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2004, 2005)
John Davidson Ketchum Memorial Graduate Award (2004)