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Community groups learn science behind implicit bias

Implicit bias is the term for how our brains classify what we see.

Posted: Nov. 9, 2017 4:26 PM
Updated: Nov. 9, 2017 6:33 PM

BRAZIL, Ind. (WTHI) - Implicit bias is the term for how our brains classify what we see.

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It's an unconscious reaction that our brain makes from gender or race to just about everything in our world.

Thursday the Indiana Youth Institute, IYI, held a free training session over implicit bias.

The organization wants to help adults improve the way they interact with their children.

This means understanding biases and how they impact youth.

"We're judging and creating this bias, and we don't need to because we're not taking the time to get to know our fellow human beings," said Scott Monnett, executive director of family support services.

During the session, attendees played different games to learn more about the biases they face.

Speaker Brenda Graves-Croom showed a picture of a man walking and asked the group what biases they felt.

One woman said she would "feel afraid and probably cross the street". 

IYI hopes community leaders who work with children can address their biases.

Harvard offers a free test to find out what your biases are here.

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