Mitigating Unintended Bias

On August 28, 2019, TLL launched “MITeaches: Fostering Inclusion” in partnership with ICEO. This series of workshops and activities aim to support MIT faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants in teaching for equity and academic belonging.

Empowering People to Break the Bias Habit

Our launch event, a workshop on creating inclusion and reducing bias, was led by researchers Drs. Patricia Devine & Will Cox, who have developed the only experimentally-proven intervention to produce long-term changes in bias.  

Stereotypes, prejudice, and implicit biases have received a great deal of attention, both within our community and nationally. Dr. Patricia Devine and Dr. William Cox, scientific leaders in the study of stereotyping and implicit biases, have put together and empirically tested this evidence-based training, which focuses on addressing intergroup disparities and what individuals can do to reduce implicit or unintentional biases.

All MIT community members can access the learning module, including the recording of this presentation, via the Atlas Learning Center here.


Dr. Patricia Devine

Dr. William Cox

Dr. Devine has been a social psychology professor at UW-Madison since 1985 and is internationally recognized as an eminent expert in the scientific study of stereotyping, prejudice, and intergroup relations. The very notion of “implicit bias” or “unintentional bias” originated in her early work (Devine, 1989). Dr. Cox is an assistant scientist in psychology, and his work advances our understanding of the neural, cognitive, and cultural mechanisms that perpetuate stereotypes and biases. For the last 11 years, Drs. Devine and Cox have developed and tested the bias habit-breaking intervention, which was the first, and remains the only intervention that has been shown experimentally to produce long term changes in bias (Devine, Forscher, Austin, & Cox, 2012; Forscher, Mitamura, Dix, Cox, & Devine, 2017). For more information about the training and its impact, see this recent article in The Atlantic featuring Dr. Devine and Dr. Cox’s research.

Learn more about bias constructs and mitigation strategies here.

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