Project Implicit Lectures and Workshops

Psychology’s recent implicit revolution has produced scientific research on the now widely-used concept of implicit bias – attitudes and stereotypes that influence judgment, decision-making, and behavior in ways that are outside of conscious awareness and/or control. Implicit bias was first described in a 1995 publication by Tony Greenwald and Mahzarin Banaji – two scientists who helped to create Project Implicit as an educational and scientific non-profit organization in 2005.

Project Implicit’s lectures and workshops begin with an interactive demonstration of perceptual, memory, and judgment illusions that help to illustrate that we do not have complete access to or control over our own minds. After this, an explanation of implicit bias is accompanied by an interactive group demonstration of an Implicit Association Test (IAT), the most widely-used measure of implicit bias. Next, research evidence for how implicit bias impacts organizational effectiveness is provided. Finally, practical steps to manage implicit bias are discussed.

Project Implicit’s workshops and presentations focus on diversity and inclusion, leadership, biases in decision-making, and/or barriers to innovation. Presentations educate about how unwanted influences can impair organizational performance, tailored to the host organization—especially businesses, hospitals, universities, courts, and law firms. Presentations discuss the current science and translate it into takeaways that can help to achieve the host organization’s goals. Project Implicit can recommend highly qualified presenters outside of our organization who have both experience working with police departments and strong understanding of implicit bias research and its application.

Sessions can be presented to senior leadership, managers, and front-line personnel, and can be offered to regional, national or international audiences. All presenters are scientific experts, certified by Project Implicit’s leadership team.

Presentations of 60-90 minutes, including some time for Q&A, are appropriate for large groups (50+). The formats can be less formal for smaller groups, with durations up to 3 hours and substantial time for interaction and discussion. Longer workshops are available on a case-by-case basis.

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