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Race Bias in Hiring: When Both Applicant and Employer Lose (feat. Devah Pager)

1/28/2019
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In a groundbreaking study, sociologist Devah Pager showed that being Black hurts an applicant's chances of being hired just as much as a felony conviction. What do decisions based on gut instincts mean for the survival of a business?

Duration:00:08:54

Strooped!

1/28/2019
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Most of us believe we can control what pieces of information influence our decisions. But when it comes down it, can we? The Stroop Test suggests: no. (Visit our website to watch the video version of this episode.)

Duration:00:05:59

Can Women Be Biased Against Other Women?

1/28/2019
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Imagine hearing this: “Alex is biased against women.” Most of us would assume that Alex is a man. But the science tells us we should think again – that our hypothetical “Alex” is just as likely to be Alexandra as Alexander. How can this be?

Duration:00:05:24

About Face: How First Impressions Fool Us (feat. Alexander Todorov)

1/28/2019
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Our faces broadcast information about us: whether we’re smart, warm, trustworthy. How do these signals influence decision-making – and are they accurate? Psychologist Alexander Todorov discusses the science behind face value. (Visit our website to watch the video version of this episode.)

Duration:00:06:28

Hear Me Out: The Signals Accents Send

6/15/2018
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Voices are more than just sounds. They’re auditory faces that can give clues to who we are. In the time it takes to say “hello,” we can identify a person’s ethnic or cultural background as different from ours. Yet this can lead to other impressions that are just...wrong. How might accents influence our judgments? And what’s the cost?

Duration:00:10:55

Shifting Standards: The Tall and the Short of It

6/15/2018
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Albert Einstein, we would say, is a genius. Yet we might say the same for a puppy that can open a cabinet to get her snacks. Sometimes it makes sense to shift our standards based on context. But are we raising and lowering the bar when we shouldn’t?

Duration:00:09:45

The Standards We Choose: The Police Chief Study

6/15/2018
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Book-smart or street-smart? Education or experience? We like to think we use objective criteria to make decisions. But what happens when we choose the person first, then use the standard that supports our decision? How might the “pictures in our heads” drive the criteria we choose?

Duration:00:10:38

Implicit Revolution 2: Testing Our Implicit Associations

1/14/2018
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40 years ago, memory researchers showed us that patients with amnesia could form new memories… implicitly. This sparked an ongoing revolution in research on the hidden mind: how it learns, how it influences us, and how it can be measured and changed.

Duration:00:11:51

Implicit Revolution 1: How We Develop Implicit Bias

1/14/2018
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40 years ago, memory researchers showed us that patients with amnesia could form new memories… implicitly. This sparked an ongoing revolution in research on the hidden mind: how it learns, how it influences us, and how it can be measured and changed.

Duration:00:11:20

Self-Fulfilling Prophecies: How Our Beliefs Shape Others' Behavior

9/27/2017
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You perform well at work one day, but not the next. One person sees you as “warm”, another as “cold”. Maybe it's you -- but there's another possibility: that a belief in one person’s mind can shape another person’s behavior.

Duration:00:07:27

The Endowment Effect: Why We Overvalue the Things We Own

9/27/2017
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We overvalue the things we own. This is fine when it’s a family keepsake or memento – but how does this influence decisions we make about our homes, investments, and more?

Duration:00:07:08

Moral Credentialing: Using Good Deeds to Justify Bad Behavior

9/27/2017
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We work out, then pig out. We donate to charity, then indulge in retail therapy. Does this also happen with our good deeds? How can we avoid bringing our moral scorecards to the workplace?

Duration:00:07:17

Can You Solve the Surgeon Riddle? How Expectations Bias Us

9/27/2017
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Expectations help us quickly navigate our world. Yet they can also keep us from the simple solutions, talent, and opportunities that are right in front of us.

Duration:00:08:08