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Perception bias

Perception bias is the tendency to form simplistic stereotypes and assumptions about certain groups of people. This means it can be very difficult to make an objective judgement about members of diverse groups.

In some parts of the globe, this YouTube video is not accessible. If this applies to you, you can still comment on the following three questions. Here is a summary of what Kristen Pressner says about perception bias in the video. Kristen shares that her job is to place women into leadership positions. However, she realizes that she also has perception bias that males are leaders and providers while women are supporters and followers even though she knows better since she is the family breadwinner and her husband is a stay at home dad. Still, she sees unconscious bias in herself that men are to take charge and women are to take care. Kristen points out that we have unconscious perception biases and do not even know it. She states that if you think you are never biased, then you are missing an opportunity to see the world differently. She suggests seeing the world where a man is a supportive person who is a care taker and where a woman can be a provider who takes charge is just such an opportunity. To increase our awareness of biases, Kristen suggests we flip bias when we face it. Please respond to the following three questions in comments.

Please view the eight minute TEDX Talk: Are you biased? I am by Kristen Pressner.

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The link to this TEDX Talk by Kristen Pressner is also provided below.

Following viewing this video, please reflect on these three questions:

  1. How do you feel after viewing the video?

  2. What did you learn from what Kristen Pressner shared about perception bias?

  3. How does what Kristen Pressner shared about perception bias relate to the real world?

Please click on the comment button and share your responses to these three questions. Please list your responses in order by #1, 2, and 3. Next, respond to the reflections or comments of two to three other learners.

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Understanding Diversity and Inclusion

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