Recently, I watched a  webinar presented by the Beverly Hills Bar Association entitled “Unraveling Bias: Understanding Human Decision Making” by  Denise Peterson, FCIArb, Attorney, Mediator, and Arbitrator and Adjunct Clinical Professor at South Texas College of Law. After defining “implicit bias” as “…attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, [Read More]

By |December 16th, 2022|Bias|

Another Example of Not Trusting Our Intuition!

Many of my blogs have focused on cognitive biases or systematic errors of judgment.  In perusing the internet, I found another interesting example of why we should not trust our intuition. A LiveScience article (“What is the birthday paradox?”) posted on July 30, 2022, authored by Charles Q. Choi asks, [Read More]

By |October 21st, 2022|Bias|

Hubble and Webb and Unconscious Gender Bias!

One would think that the ability to look through either the Hubble or James Webb Space Telescope (and the other NASA major space telescopes) would not present an issue of unconscious gender bias. I found out differently listening to NPR the other day. In a story on January 11, 2022, [Read More]

By |January 21st, 2022|Bias|

An Implicit Bias with Deadly Consequences!

I was watching Grey's Anatomy the other night when an implicit bias crept into the story. One patient was a black woman in need of a kidney transplant. She explained to her new doctor that she did not qualify for a transplant because her algorithm used to determine qualification for [Read More]

By |October 15th, 2021|Bias|

Familiarity Does Not Make it True!

I came across an article the other day discussing a cognitive bias involving “familiarity” or truth vs. fiction. While the article (Seeing is Believing; how media myth busting can actually make false beliefs stronger” by Eryn Newman, Amy Dawel, Madeline Claire Jalbert and Norbert Schwarz posted on The Conversation, May [Read More]

By |June 19th, 2020|Bias|

Over Confidence Can Kill!

My husband is known as an “aggressive driver” who, being impatient, takes unnecessary risks in his driving. When I mention these attributes to him, he retorts that he has yet to have an accident after all of these decades. In sum, like many of us, he is over confident in [Read More]

By |April 20th, 2018|Bias|

Alternative Facts

A few weeks ago, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway used the phrase “alternative facts” during a Meet the Press interview to defend President Trump’s assertion that the attendance at his inauguration was “huge”, the “largest” ever etc. despite aerial pictures of the crowd size showing the contrary. Several months [Read More]

By |February 17th, 2017|Bias|

Overcoming Implicit Bias through Diversity

I never really thought about Implicit Bias being the flip side of Diversity or of Diversity being the antidote to Implicit Bias until I read two articles recently. One was in the December 2015 issue of the American Bar Journal (ABA) entitled “Battling Bias” by Stephanie Francis Ward discussing a [Read More]

By |January 22nd, 2016|Bias, Research|