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Biased

Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do
Narrated by: Jennifer L. Eberhardt
Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (90 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Groundbreaking." (Bryan Stevenson, New York Times best-selling author of Just Mercy)

From one of the world's leading experts on unconscious racial bias, a personal examination of one of the central controversies and culturally powerful issues of our time and its influence on contemporary race relations and criminal justice.

You don't have to be racist to be biased. Unconscious bias can be at work without our realizing it, and even when we genuinely wish to treat all people equally, ingrained stereotypes can infect our visual perception, attention, memory, and behavior. This has an impact on education, employment, housing, and criminal justice. In Biased, with a perspective that is at once scientific, investigative, and informed by personal experience, Jennifer Eberhardt offers us insights into the dilemma and a path forward.

Eberhardt works extensively as a consultant to law enforcement and as a psychologist at the forefront of this new field. Her research takes place in courtrooms and boardrooms, in prisons, on the street, and in classrooms and coffee shops. She shows us the subtle - and sometimes dramatic - daily repercussions of implicit bias in how teachers grade students or managers deal with customers. It has an enormous impact on the conduct of criminal justice, from the rapid decisions police officers have to make to sentencing practices in court. Eberhardt's work and her audiobook are both influenced by her own life and the personal stories she shares emphasize the need for change. She has helped companies that include Airbnb and Nextdoor address bias in their business practices and has led antibias initiatives for police departments across the country. Here, she offers practical suggestions for reform and new practices that are useful for organizations as well as individuals.

Unblinking about the tragic consequences of prejudice, Eberhardt addresses how racial bias is not the fault of nor restricted to a few "bad apples" but is present at all levels of society in media, education, and business. The good news is that we are not hopelessly doomed by our innate prejudices. In Biased, Eberhardt reminds us that racial bias is a human problem - one all people can play a role in solving.

©2019 Jennifer L. Eberhardt (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Compelling and provocative, this is a game-changing book about how unconscious racial bias impacts our society and what each of us can do about it.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Jennifer Eberhardt’s work is essential to helping us understand racial inequalities in our country and around the world.” (Michelle Alexander, author of New York Times best seller The New Jim Crow

“This book helps us to scientifically view how racial bias works in our own minds and throughout society.  We could not ask for a better guide to understand this reality than Jennifer Eberhardt. Her research reveals critical information that can help leaders better understand how biases can impact our judgment and how we are perceived by the communities we are sworn to serve.” (Kamala D. Harris, United States senator from California) 

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hoped for more on why bias and how to avoid it

good book with loads of stats and stories that make the case relatable. but more of why is there bias and beyond one particular race could have made it an awesome book. as a Indian origin immigrant who lived in 4 countries other than India I see bias evident in every country and culture so the human origins and hopefully solutions got to be general at some level and specific at some level. eagerly listened through to hit these parts but could not find. though it does a very good job of listing and bringing out stats in every case to show that bias is pervasive - which am guessing the buyers of this book already agree on

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  • TR
  • 03-29-19

Recommend!

I really enjoyed this book. Finished it in a couple of days. It was a good synthesis of the research on biases and related issues from many different fields (biology, neuroscience, social psychology, sociology, criminal justice, economics, etc.) as well as the related history and sociopolitics that shaped today’s racial power dynamics and inequality. I like how she weaves the research data/results with testimonios from interviewees and her own personal experiences/anecdotes to make the statistics less abstract and more relatable.

I need to comment on the narrator because her reading threw me off a bit. I mean, she was good for the most part. But she needs to work on pausing at the appropriate times. Sometimes she paused (implying the end of a sentence) when there were at least a couple of words to go, and other times she didn’t pause at all speeding through a couple of ideas that left me confused and having to think through what she said to make sense of it. Overall, though, it was well worth the listen!

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  • E Gray
  • Indianapolis, IN United States
  • 06-12-19

Good information not a fan of the narration

This book was fascination and disturbing at the same time. Information I feel everyone should have. The narration was anxiety inducing. I think she was trying to get you to understand the anxiety the people she had interviewed where having, but all it did was trigger a flight response in me. I feel I missed a lot of information because of her raised and anxious voice.

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The Power of Our Evidence

A masterful job integrating the history of signaling, strategies of racism, black literature, family, personal journey and professional insights in ways reminiscent of Du Bois’ 19th century scholarship. Science is contextualized, its tools wielded with courage and precision. The value of integrating STEM into the humanities? Our survival depends upon it.

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We should all understand how bias works!

We’re only human with our limitations and biases. However, add a history and foundation of race based exploitation, dehumanization and discriminatory laws and practices, then we have the problems of racism in education, employment, housing policing, health care, and more.

Dr Eberhardt does a good job of explaining the science behind our biases and how research can inform how we can counteract “implicit bias”. Using personal experiences as illustrations, she provides the context and human limitations that allow biases to flourish,and damage people of color, women, immigrants and anyone deemed “outsider”. She also illuminated the dearth of research on explicit, racist bias.

We have much work to do, and I believe this book can move us in positive directions. I need time to absorb all that I can from it.

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eye opening!

show you ways to recondition your mind thought in the way you conceive and precede in your everyday life and past days of life

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  • Naima
  • Amityville, NY, United States
  • 04-15-19

Listened to it twice back to back

I almost never repeat a book but this one was so good I started it over as soon as it ended. I applaud her style and her scholarship. The personal stories highlight the concepts perfectly and I learned about more from her modest book than years of college and grad school.