TIME — Jennifer Eberhardt is a psychology professor at Stanford University who won a MacArthur “genius grant” for her study of bias.
In an interview with TIME, she explains how implicit bias can affect people of all age groups and ethnicities:
“This is something that everybody has to grapple with. We’re living in a society where we’re absorbing images and ideas all the time and it takes over who we are and how we see the world.”
Eberhardt says in her book that biases are shaped by our human instinct to sort the world, and they emerge when we are forced to make quick decisions.
Her suggestion for avoiding biased decisions is simple: slow down, and make a shift.