This engaging, personal and painful book by Stanford University psychology professor and researcher, Jennifer Eberhardt, uses neuroscience as a lens to examine stereotypes, racial discrimination and implicit and explicit bias.

A pioneer of implicit bias training in the criminal justice system, Eberhardt illustrates how quickly our brains formulate snap judgments, sometimes with disastrous consequences, introduces readers to concepts like the “other-race effect,” which makes us vulnerable to bias and illustrates how institutional practices, such as plea bargaining and zoning ordinances, can deepen racial disparities.

Eberhardt believes that the first step in combatting bias is acknowledging it and determining situations where it is likely to come into play. Though our brains are hardwired towards bias, we have the capacity to manage it, she says.

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