Books et al.Psychology

Confronting bias

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Science  26 Jun 2020:
Vol. 368, Issue 6498, pp. 1435
DOI: 10.1126/science.abb9316

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Our biases serve as mental shortcuts that help us make "good enough" decisions in a complex world. From an evolutionary perspective, this ability to quickly separate good from bad and friend from foe was essential for survival. These biases, however, are prone to systematic errors that can have grave consequences in modern society. In her new book, Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias, Pragya Agarwal documents biases across many social distinctions.

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