Exposing Unconscious Prejudice May Not Change Behavior
It’s staying woke that’s the trick. Tests of subconscious prejudice, like the popular Implicit Association Test, have long been celebrated as a first step toward ridding individuals — and thus workplaces and society — of racist and sexist ideas. But according to a recent meta-study, reducing implicit bias often doesn’t change discriminatory behavior, and four other meta-studies showed the tests can’t accurately predict who will discriminate. Workplace training on implicit bias is still popular — and supporters argue that it at least raises awareness about the problem.