Recent research suggests that whereas many people hold nonconscious or "implicit" intergroup biases (prejudiced attitudes and negative stereotypes), there is debate over the degree to which implicit bias relates to acts of discrimination, and about the degree to which implicit biases are amendable to change. I will present research from our lab that examines these issues in the context of health care. Our studies investigate the nonconscious nature of the biases that different health care providers hold toward various stigmatized patient groups, the effect that provider bias has on interactions with stigmatized patients and their outcomes, and the results of workshops that teach providers about bias and bias reduction strategies they can use when they interact with stigmatized patients.

Speaker bio:

Jeff Stone, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology in the College of Science, and Professor of Psychiatry in the College of Medicine, at the University of Arizona. He earned his B.A. in Psychology at San Jose State University, his Ph.D. in Psychology at U.C. Santa Cruz, and completed 4 years of postdoctoral study in the Department of Psychology at Princeton University. Dr. Stone has devoted most of his career in experimental social psychology to investigating mechanisms of attitude and behavior change, and to the processes underlying prejudice, stereotyping, stereotype threat, and the reduction of intergroup bias. Dr. Stone’s currently funded research focuses on the intergroup bias processes that contribute directly to ethnic and racial disparities in health.

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