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External Seminar: 'Bias and Blame: investigating implicit attitudes with open science methods'

Tuesday 28 January 2020, 4.00PM to 5.00pm

Speaker(s): Dr Tom Stafford, Sheffield

Measures like the Implicit Association Test (IAT) show that all of us possess implicit associations based on social categories - we find certain judgements about people easier to make based on their race or gender, for example. Do such implicit associations necessarily generate decision biases? Are we to blame for such biases? And how best might we guard against the possibility? I will discuss a series of conceptual and empirical investigations addressing these questions, investigations which have taken me away from my home ground of the cognitive psychology of judgement and decision making research, into collaboration with philosophers, legal professionals and (strangest of all) social psychologists. I will also talk about my ambition to incorporate open science methods in these investigations: replication, pre-registration, taking power analysis seriously, using open data from millions of people and collaborative team projects using a “many labs” model.

Location: PS/B/020