The year 2016 provided multiple references to implicit and explicit racial biases, especially in politics. So you might be wondering, What does it mean to hold "implicit biases?" Why are people biased against some ethnic groups, and what can we do about it?
It turns out there is a strong research tradition concerned with measuring and correcting implicit bias. There's a series of short videos grouped under the title, What, me biased? Each presents a real-world situation relevant to racial bias and discusses a research study.
One of the videos, "The life-changing power of hanging out," contains a simple experiment. As you watch this video (it's less than 3 min), ask yourself these questions:
a) In the opening minute, TV host Heather McGhee poses a theory about how to reduce racism to the caller. What is the theory? How did the researchers use data to test the theory?
b) What was the independent (manipulated) variable in the study? What was the dependent variable?
c) How do you know the study was an experiment? Was it an independent groups or within groups design?
d) Sketch a graph of the result, labelling your axes mindfully.
e) Work through the theory-data cycle: Did the data support Ms. McGhee's theory, or not?
More Resources for Instructors:
There are seven videos in this series, providing other opportunities to practice research methods concepts. For example, students can practice an individualized version of the theory-data cycle (Chapter 1), where Dr. Dolly Chugh discusses the idea of an "audit" in the video, Check Our Bias to Wreck Our Bias.
There's also a 2x5 factorial design (Chapter 12) in the video, Check Our Bias to Wreck Our Bias.
There's a reference to the Bias Blind Spot (Chapter 2) in the video, Peanut Butter, Jelly, and Racism.