Analysis Of Banaji And Greenwald's Blindspot

1368 Words 6 Pages
Christia Zeiter
Professor Lynette Vrooman
English 1A
4 October, 2017
Critique of Banaji and Greenwald’s Blindspot Biases, stereotypes, and automatic preferences. We all have them, whether they are developed through examples from our parents, or the mindsets of our schools and teachers. In modern day America, bias is a prevalent subject of conversation and will likely maintain that status for many more years. But what if the biases we know we have are not all there is to it? What if there is information stored in our unconscious mind that influences us without our knowledge? Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald are two psychologists that have devoted years of research to the subject of unconscious or ‘hidden’ biases of people, which is the main focus of their book Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People. They present a powerful piece with stories of real people and information from IAT tests, but they over-rely on the IAT that was created by one of the authors and only includes a narrow range of biases. Mahzarin Banaji was a student of psychology that came to Ohio in 1980 to study for her master’s degree in psychology. The supervisor for her masters was Anthony Greenwald, the psychology professor and researcher at Ohio State University that was fundamental in the development of the Implicit Association Test, or IAT. The two met at
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While they deal with subjects of considerable controversy, they manage to end it on an uplifting note to those good people which they describe in the beginning. We are all influenced by biases both hidden and known, we can feel the pressure of stereotypes and see them all around us, but we can still bypass our biases and automatic preferences. We can work towards a future world in which bias towards one another is but a thing of the

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