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F -1Implicit Bias Assumptions Shape the Review Process

Summary: F - 1Implicit Bias
Assumptions Shape the Review Process
We all like to think that we are objective scholars who judge people based entirely on their experience
and achievements, but copious research shows that every one of us brings a lifetime of experience and
cultural history that shapes the review process.
The results from controlled studies in which people were asked to make judgments about subjects
demonstrate the potentially prejudicial nature
of the many implicit or unconscious
assumptions we can make. Examples range
from physical and social expectations or
assumptions to those that have a clear
connection to hiring, even for faculty positions.
It is important to note that in most of these
studies, the gender of the evaluator was not significant, indicating that both men and women share and
apply the same assumptions about gender.
Recognizing biases and other influences not related to the quality of candidates can help reduce their
impact on your search and review of candidates. Spending sufficient time on evaluation (15-20 minutes
per application) can also reduce the influence of assumptions.
Individuals May Not Fit the Generalization
When shown photographs of people of the same height, evaluators overestimated the heights of


Source: Abagyan, Ruben - School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of California at San Diego


Collections: Biology and Medicine