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Iowa Legal Update Lesson Summaries

2024 Lesson 13: Implicit Bias


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This is an online interpersonal perspectives course regarding implicit bias.

Section one addresses how to recognize implicit bias; how culture, developmental history, and experience can lead to the emergence of implicit bias; how implicit (e.g., unconscious) bias has the potential to produce biased or unfair decisions and behavior; and studies demonstrating the effects of implicit bias.

Section two examines unconscious associations some individuals may make between race and criminal activity. It highlights several studies exploring this relationship. It provides information on other types of biases that may also affect decision making and be influenced by implicit racial bias.    

Section three explains the concept of microaggressions and how micro-aggressive behavior may result from implicit bias. It provides examples of microaggressions and tips for changing micro-aggressive behavior. 

Section four examines strategies for reducing implicit bias, including stereotype replacement, counter-stereotypic imaging, individuation, perspective taking, and increasing contact in a positive setting.

This training has been reviewed as approved by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.

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