Unconscious Bias

You have unconscious or implicit biases. We all do! We develop biases regularly to simplify our lives and daily tasks. Unconscious bias refers to the categorizations and associations our brains make to make decisions more efficiently. This otherwise helpful mechanism can become problematic when our unconscious biases affect how we make decisions about and interact with other people and their animals. One important thing to consider is how unconscious bias works in conjunction with stereotypes, such that people with historically and contemporarily marginalized identities are harmed disproportionately by unconscious bias.