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Racial Bias Among Criminal Defense Lawyers

Posted on August 31, 2012

Andrea Lyon recently posted her article, “Race Bias and the Importance of Consciousness for Criminal Defense Attorneys” (Seattle University Law Review, Vol. 35, p. 755, 2012) on SSRN. Here is the abstract. The problems of racial bias pervade the criminal justice system. In this paper a subject that is not much talked about — the […]

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Racial bias clouds ability to feel others’ pain

Posted on June 2, 2010

From EurekAlert!: When people witness or imagine the pain of another person, their nervous system responds in essentially the same way it would if they were feeling that pain themselves. Now, researchers reporting online on May 27th in Current Biology, . . . have new evidence to show that that kind of empathy is diminished […]

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Social Neuroscience and the Study of Racial Biases

Posted on September 26, 2009

From Eureka Alert: * * * Overt expressions of bigotry are relatively infrequent, but current psychological research finds that racial biases often lurk in the unconscious mind, influencing behavior in subtle ways without one’s intent. Under a five-year, $834,000 National Science Foundation CAREER award, New York University Psychology Assistant Professor David Amodio is examining the […]

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Jennifer Eberhardt’s “Policing Racial Bias” – Video

Posted on February 4, 2009

At the 2007 Project on Law and Mind Sciences Conference, Jennifer Eberhardt’s presentation was titled “Policing Racial Bias.” Here is the abstract for her talk. Despite our desire to be egalitarian, racial bias fundamentally alters how we see.  In the first part of her talk, Dr. Eberhardt will focus on the implicit processing of a […]

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Implicit Bias in Employment Discrimination Litigation

Posted on July 5, 2012

Judge Nancy Gertner and Melissa Hart have recently posted their chapter, titled “Implicit Bias in Employment Discrimination Litigation,” (in Implicit Racial Bias Across the Law, Cambridge University Press, 2012) on SSRN.  Here is the abstract. Judges exercise enormous discretion in civil litigation, and nowhere more than in employment discrimination litigation, where the trial court’s “common […]

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Implicit Bias in the Law Conference – This Thursday

Posted on June 12, 2012

Date: Thursday, June 14, 2012, 9:00 AM Location: Austin Hall, Ames Courtroom, Harvard Law School Address: 1515 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA Presenters include Situationist Contributors Mahzarin Banaji, Jon Hanson, Jerry Kang. From the conference web page: “Despite cultural progress in reducing overt acts of racism, stark racial disparities continue to define American life. This conference […]

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Implicit Bias Conference at HLS – More Details Soon

Posted on May 24, 2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012, 9:00 AM Austin Hall, Ames Courtroom, Harvard Law School 1515 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA< Despite cultural progress in reducing overt acts of racism, stark racial disparities continue to define American life. This conference considers what emerging social science can contribute to the discussion of race in American law, policy, and society. […]

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The Racial Situation of 2012 Election

Posted on May 8, 2012

From University of Washington Newswire: After the 2008 election of President Barack Obama, many proclaimed that the country had entered a post-racial era in which race was no longer an issue. However, a new large-scale study shows that racial attitudes have already played a substantial role in 2012, during the Republican primaries. They may play […]

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Racial Stereotyping and Alcohol

Posted on April 24, 2012

From Kansas City Infozine: Accusations of racism accompanying the death of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent actions of Florida police are prevalent in the national media. Many are questioning the psychological motivations of everyone involved. Recent research by MU Professor of Psychological Sciences Bruce D. Bartholow has shown that consuming alcohol can lead to increased […]

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Implicit Bias in the Courtroom

Posted on March 30, 2012

Situationist Contributor Jerry Kang and his numerous co-authors, Mark Bennett, Devon Carbado, Pamela Casey, Nilanjana Dasgupta, David Faigman, Rachel Godsil, Anthony Greenwald, Justin Levinson, and Jennifer Mnookin, have just posted their important paper, “Implicit Bias in the Courtroom” (forthcoming UCLA Law Review, Vol. 59, No. 5, 2012) on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract: Given the substantial […]

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Implicit Juror Bias

Posted on November 1, 2011

Anna Roberts posted her article, “(Re)Forming the Jury: Detection and Disinfection of Implicit Juror Bias” (Connecticut Law Review, Vol. 44, 2012) on SSRN.  Here is the abstract. * * * This Article investigates whether one of the most intractable problems in trial procedure can be ameliorated through the use of one of the most striking […]

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Juror Bias

Posted on October 30, 2011

Jessica West recently posted her article, “12 Racist Men: Post-Verdict Evidence of Juror Bias” (Harvard Journal of Racial & Ethnic Justice, Vol. 27, p. 165, 2011) on SSRN. Here’s the abstract. * * * Federal Evidence Rule 606(b) and similar state rules prohibit post-verdict admission of juror statements, including racist or biased remarks, made during […]

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Unconscious Racial Attitudes

Posted on April 22, 2011

David Kairys posted his article, titled “Unconscious Racism” (forthcoming Temple Law Review, Vol. 83, 2011) on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract. * * * This article is the introduction to a law review symposium on unconscious racism and social science and statistical evidence of bias as bases for race discrimination claims, focusing concretely on discrimination in […]

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Memory Biases as Source of Prejudice

Posted on April 13, 2011

From Miller-McCune: A recent poll finding nearly half of Mississippi Republicans disapprove of interracial marriage is a disturbing reminder of the continuing prejudice faced by minority groups in 21st-century America. Why is such bias seemingly immune to eradication, and why does it seem to be more prevalentamong social conservatives? A fascinating new study from Italy suggests at least part of the […]

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Ideological Bias in Social Psychology?

Posted on March 2, 2011

On January 27th, moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt gave a provocative talk at the annual convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.  His presentation has since received a lot of press (including John Tierney’s New York Times article on the talk). Edge has posted a version of Haidt’s talk as well as a variety of […]

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Responding to Subtle Racial Harassment

Posted on February 19, 2011

Pat Chew recently posted his article, “Seeing Subtle Racism” (Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Vol. 6, p. 183, 2010) on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract. * * * Traditional employment discrimination law does not offer remedies for subtle bias in the workplace. For instance, in empirical studies of racial harassment cases, plaintiffs are […]

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Shirley Sherrod and the Situation of Racial Discourse

Posted on July 27, 2010

Situationist friend Charles Ogletree and Johanna Wald had a terrific editorial this Sunday, titled “After Shirley Sherrod, We all Need To Slow Down and Listen,” in which, among other things, they discuss the relevance of research by Situationist Contributors Mahzarin Banaji and Jerry Kang.  Here are some excerpts. * * * President Obama has called […]

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Posted in Distribution, History, Implicit Associations, Morality, Politics, Situationist Contributors | 2 Comments »

Racial Prejudice in Real Estate Markets

Posted on May 26, 2010

Here is another segment from John Quinones excellent ABC 20/20 series titled “What Would You Do?” — a series that, in essence, conducts situationist experiments through hidden-camera scenarios. This episode asks, “what would you do if you attended a real estate open house where only certain people were welcome?” (and includes analysis from social psychologist […]

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The Racialized Situation of Vandalism and Crime

Posted on May 6, 2010

Here is another segment from John Quinones excellent ABC 20/20 series titled “What Would You Do?” — a series that, in essence, conducts situationist experiments through hidden-camera scenarios (in consultation with renowned social psychologist John Dovidio). * * * * * * * * * To review a sample of related Situationist posts, see “Journalists […]

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What Are the Legal Implications of Implicit Biases?

Posted on July 15, 2009

A federal judge and regular reader of The Situationist recently sent me a thoughtful e-mail containing the following paragraph.  The judge is asking for input regarding the practical legal consequences of IAT research for employment law. * * * A thought about the IAT and employment law from a practicing judge–even if the law as […]

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