Dr. Calvin Lai, assistant professor in the Dept. of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Washington University will lead the afternoon session of Day of Dialogue, Discovery and Action at Washington University School of Medicine. Refreshments are provided.
Conscious experience provides an immediate, compelling, and incomplete account of mental life. Much of how we think and act is shaped by mental activity that occurs outside of conscious awareness or control. Because of that, evaluations of others can be subtly influenced by factors that we do not recognize and may not value. There will be three parts to the session: (1) demonstrations of how incomplete access or control of our minds influences social judgment, (2) examples of how this can translate to racial and gender biases within medicine, and (3) hands-on discussion about practices for preventing bias in everyday situations.
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