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Study reveals bias in children even before they reach kindergarten
In a Developmental Science study of preschool-aged children, implicit and explicit evaluations of black boys were less positive than evaluations of black girls, white boys, or white girls. (2019-01-24)

Reducing racial bias possible in older children, finds UBC study
Research has shown children have racial biases from an early age, but a new University of British Columbia study has found that it is possible to combat prejudice in older kids. (2016-07-13)

Physician implicit racial bias does not impact their clinical decision making
A doctor's racial preference does not necessarily mean he or she will order more or fewer diagnostic tests or treatments based on race. (2017-08-07)

Racial bias associated with disparities in disciplinary action across US schools
Across US counties, black students experience higher rates of suspension, expulsion, in-school arrests and law enforcement referrals than whites, according to a new study led by Princeton University researchers. (2019-04-03)

Widely used health algorithm found to be racially biased; remedying in progress
A nationally deployed healthcare algorithm -- one of the largest commercial tools used by health insurers to inform health care decisions for millions of people each year -- shows significant racial bias in its predictions of the health risks of black patients, researchers report. (2019-10-24)

Burnout symptoms associated with racial bias in medical residents
Mayo Clinic researchers have found an association between increased symptoms of burnout and heightened racial bias in medical residents. The study appears in JAMA Network Open. 'When physicians aren't operating in an optimal mental and emotional state, they may find it harder to push back against their own biases,' says Liselotte Dyrbye, M.D., who led the study. 'If burnout contributes to disparities in care, perhaps fighting burnout can help narrow that gap.' (2019-07-26)

Study findings linking ovulation, racial bias questioned
In four studies, documented in their paper 'In Search of an Association Between Conception Risk and Prejudice,' Carlee Beth Hawkins, a Chicago Booth doctoral student, and her co-authors were unable to find any evidence that there is an increase in racial bias related to conception risk. (2015-05-20)

Color-blind? Whites aware of their bias better for modern race issues, says new study
A new study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology finds that whites aware of their racial biases are better equipped to address contemporary race challenges, where prejudice is often expressed in subtle, unintentional and unconscious ways, than those who claim to have no preference for whites over blacks. (2015-07-15)

Poor and uninsured patients more likely to experience racial discrimination
A new study examines the impact of poor, uninsured patients' race in terms of reporting racism in their health care. (2008-06-25)

Tell children racial prejudice is wrong: They'll be less likely to be prejudiced
When children under 10 are aware that racial prejudice is wrong, they are more likely to suppress it in their peer group. New evidence shows that once children are older than 10, they are less likely to suppress such prejudice. The studies explored in this paper show different results in controlling racial bias when children are held accountable for their actions, and underscore the need to reduce children's racial prejudice before the age of 10. (2005-03-25)

Study: Racial bias in pain perception appears among children as young as 7
A new University of Virginia psychology study has found that a sample of mostly white American children -- as young as seven, and particularly by age 10 -- report that black children feel less pain than white children. (2014-02-28)

'Colorblindness' hurts minority employees, but multiculturalism inspires their commitment
A new study by psychologists at the University of Georgia shows for the first time that whites' beliefs about diversity can hurt or help their minority peers. (2009-03-18)

Fighting racism: Teaching kids to identify individual black people can reduce racial bias
Many times, those who hold racially biased views of other people see them as all the same. Instead of thinking of them as specific individuals, they lump them into a group -- seeing them as 'those people.' Now an international team of researchers, including OISE's Dr. Kang Lee and PhD candidate Miao K. Qian, suggests one way to reduce racial bias in kids is by teaching them to identify individual faces of those of other races. (2017-10-12)

Seven minutes of meditation can reduce racial prejudice, study finds
A popular meditation technique that's intended to create feelings of kindness can also reduce prejudice, according to new University of Sussex research. (2015-11-19)

Emergency treatment may be only skin deep
Doctors' unconscious racial biases may influence their decisions to treat patients and explain racial and ethnic disparities in the use of certain medical procedures, according to Alexander Green from Harvard Medical School and his team. Their study, published in Springer's Journal of General Internal Medicine, is the first evidence of how unconscious race bias among doctors affects their clinical decisions. (2007-08-20)

Community bias predicts police use of lethal force
Averaging the implicit bias of hundreds of thousands of individuals to understand how 'biased' a community is, predicts the likelihood of African-Americans being killed by police. (2017-07-27)

African-American teens' perceptions of racial discrimination
A three-year study of 14-18-year-old African American teens finds that many African American teens consider themselves the victims of racial discrimination. These perceptions are linked to how the teens feel about being African American, particularly their views of how the broader society sees African Americans. These findings have implications for parents and teachers and also suggest the need to bolster African-American youths' feelings about their racial group membership. (2009-04-29)

Can racial injustice be settled out of court?
With many calling for policy reform to improve race problems in the US criminal justice system, new research suggests that the issue is less political and more behavioral. Researchers recommend increased documentation, institutional diversity, and bias training in a new paper. (2015-01-12)

If you demonstrate that 'black lives matter,' others will too
New research finds observing a white American engage in small nonverbal acts such as smiling more often, making eye contact for longer periods of time, and standing in closer proximity to a black American makes the observer less prone to racial biases. (2015-06-22)

White parents' racial bias awareness associated with greater willingness to discuss race
A new Northwestern University study found that white parents' racial bias awareness was associated with greater willingness to discuss race with their children, along with increased color consciousness and decreased color blindness. (2019-08-26)

Policing biases -- A critical issue facing law enforcement today
The number one issue facing policing today is the allegation that officers act on stereotypes and biases. Across the country, community members are expressing great concern about the over-representation of racial/ethnic minorities among individuals against whom police use force, and whom police arrest. In the new Springer book Producing Bias-Free Policing-A Science-Based Approach, author Lorie Fridell provides the reader with clear strategies and tools to guide police professionals in their efforts to produce fair policing. (2016-09-01)

Infants show racial bias toward members of own race and against those of other races
Two studies by researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto and their collaborators from the US, UK, France and China, show that six- to nine-month-old infants demonstrate racial bias in favor of members of their own race and racial bias against those of other races. (2017-04-11)

Black + white = Not white
A new study suggests that the so-called 'minority bias' exerts a powerful influence -- important since one in five Americans is expected to identify as multiracial by 2050. University of Utah psychology professor Jacqueline M. Chen, lead author of the study published by the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, that found observers were most likely to categorize someone who is black-white multiracial as non-white. The findings are the first to document minority bias as a guiding principle in multiracial categorization. (2018-06-14)

Interracial interactions are cognitively demanding
A new Dartmouth study reveals that interracial contact has a profound impact on a person's attention and performance. The researchers found new evidence using brain imaging that white individuals attempt to control racial bias when exposed to black individuals, and that this act of suppressing bias exhausts mental resources. (2003-11-16)

White racism tied to fatal heart disease for blacks and whites
Living in unabashedly racist communities can shorten the lives of both blacks and whites, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley. (2016-09-06)

Reducing racial bias in children
An international team of researchers suggests that one way to reduce implicit racial bias in young children is by teaching them to distinguish among faces of a different race and identify them as individuals. (2017-10-12)

A face by any other name: Seeing racial bias
If Barack Obama had taken his mother's surname and kept his childhood nickname, American voters might literally see (2008-10-27)

US children show clear evidence of bias at the intersection of race and gender
A new Northwestern University study provides strong and consistent evidence of bias at the intersection of race and gender in 4-year-old children. The researchers examined 4-year-old children's responses to images of other children who varied both in race -- black and white -- and gender -- female and male. (2019-01-24)

Study finds 'owning' a darker skin can positively impact racial bias
Scientists from Royal Holloway University have found that when white Caucasians are under the illusion that they have a dark skin, their racial bias changes in a positive way. (2013-05-14)

Police officers' racial bias can be eliminated
New research in the March issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the American Psychological Society, shows that extensive training with a computer simulation can eliminate this racial bias. (2005-03-28)

Study: Despite training, Vermont police departments still show widespread racial bias
New research conducted in Vermont shows that, while anti-bias police trainings resulted in small improvements in some police departments in the state, they did not by and large alter police behavior. (2020-08-24)

Research questions link between unconscious bias and behavior
Implicit bias, a term for automatically activated mental associations, is often seen as a primary cause of discrimination against social groups such as women and racial minorities. But a new look at the body of research questions the link between implicit bias and discriminatory behavior. (2019-07-01)

New research finds racial bias in rideshare platforms
New research to be published in the INFORMS journal Management Science has found popular rideshare platforms exhibit racial and other biases that penalize under-represented minorities and others seeking to use their services. (2020-05-06)

Research finds teachers just as likely to have racial bias as non-teachers
Research released today challenges the notion that teachers might be uniquely equipped to instill positive racial attitudes in children or bring about racial justice, without additional support or training from schools. (2020-04-15)

NYU's Amodio explores neurological activity that fuels racial bias
Overt expressions of bigotry are relatively infrequent, but current psychological research finds that racial biases often lurk in the unconscious mind, influencing behavior in subtle ways without one's intent. Under a National Science Foundation CAREER award, NYU's David Amodio is examining the dynamics of such unconscious, or (2009-09-24)

COVID-19 story tip: Racism amid the COVID-19 pandemic -- a path forward
Because SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, was first discovered in China, Chinese American families in the United States have reported an increase in racist experiences during the ongoing pandemic. (2020-09-08)

Can instilling racial pride in black teens lead to better educational outcomes?
African American adolescents tend to have more success in school if their parents instill in them a sense of racial pride, reducing their vulnerability to the effects of racial discrimination from teachers and peers. (2012-12-17)

Whites believe they are victims of racism more often than blacks
Whites believe they are the primary victims of racial bias in America. Whites and blacks agree that anti-black racism has decreased. However, whites believe that (2011-05-23)

Future teachers more likely to view black children as angry, even when they are not
A new study of prospective teachers finds that they are more likely to interpret the facial expressions of Black boys and girls as being angry, even when the children are not angry. This is significantly different than how the prospective teachers interpreted the facial expressions of white children. (2020-07-06)

Training could remove racial bias from police reactions
A computer simulation where individuals decide whether or not to shoot at young White and Black males can help remove race from decision-making. (2005-03-01)

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