Implicit Bias: The Power of Automatic, Unintended Mindsets

February 23, 2012
12:00 pm


Implicit mindsets operate on important life judgments and decisions. Implicit biases are linked to critical STEM outcomes such as choice of major and performance on high stakes tests.

Participants will learn about:

  • Measuring implicit bias in STEM
  • The Harvard Implicit Association Test (IAT) (
  • Taking the "Gender-Science" IAT.
  • Strategies for changing implicit biases and avoiding their effects.



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Fred Smyth

Fred Smyth, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. He directs the Full Potential Initiative, an NSF-funded longitudinal study of how implicit mindsets about intellectual ability and academic belonging affect students and educators.  His publications include analysis of gender and race gaps in STEM majors persistence and implicit gender stereotypes in different nations and related adolescent math and science achievement.

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