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Jay J. Van Bavel

Associate Professor of Psychology, New York University

Van Bavel will analyze the social dynamics that influence implicit intergroup bias. Using large-scale data and a series of experiments, he will investigate how many factors—from the history of slavery to individuals’ brain functions—affect the implicit biases that people hold toward minority groups. He will also explore the extent to which implicit biases can be altered, as well as the role of social institutions in mitigating these biases.


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