The Origins of Our Biases

Prof. dr. Daniël Wigboldus (Radboud University) explores the origins of our biases. How do biases, stereotyping and prejudice come into existence? How and to what extent do they affect our emotional and behavioural reactions? And, can we control our build-in tendency toward stereotyping?

Organisator Studium Generale

do 14 januari 2016 20:00

Locatie Impulse, gebouwnummer 115

Most people like to think of themselves as open-minded, unprejudiced human beings. But are we? Can we even be? Already in 1922 the influential writer Walter Lippmann concluded that 'For the most part, we do not first see, and then define; we define first and then see...’ How open-minded are we when we compare a male with a female applicant? Learn more about the mechanisms which shape our perception and behaviour.

This lecture is the start of a series on ‘Our Biases’. In the second lecture we will dig deeper into bias in the scientific community. And during the third evening we explore our (biased?) perceptions of China.This is an Open Mind Lab series, organized together with a group of students.

On Daniël Wigboldus

Daniël Wigboldus is a professor in Social Psychology at Radboud University, Nijmegen. He researches the automatic, uncontrollable influence of stereotypes en prejudice on our perception and behaviour. Among others, he researches the influence of stereotypes en prejudice on our use of language, on our visual perception and on impulsive behaviour.