Ok, did you know that the first use of the word “sterotype” actually had to do with an item that was an exact copy made by a printing press? It wasn’t until the 1920s that the word came to mean how our brains process a collection of data in our mind’s eye. So, the science of understanding stereotypes (as well as bias, discrimination, and prejudice) is really still within its infancy. That’s why this introduction to social perception is so important. Author Kyi uses relatable situations, examples, and scientific data to explore these uncomfortable topics. Learning about the evolution of how and why our brains categorized information about others, nature vs. nurture, and exploring our own unconscious biases can help all of us create a fairer and more just world.
This book is timely and hopeful! Definitely put This Is Your Brain on Stereotypes: How Science Is Tackling Unconscious Bias by Tanya Lloyd Kyi on your to-read list today!