Screenshot of the Lunch & Learn session titled "Understanding and addressing unconscious bias" by Arzu Cöltekin, showing the statistic chart of The Glass Ceiling Index

Take Aways Understanding and Addressing Implicit Bias

Take Aways Understanding and Addressing Implicit Bias

Examining the mechanisms of visual illusions in computer graphics, Arzu Cöltekin gave us insights into cognitive priors, and the infamous unconscious bias.

Screenshot of the Lunch & Learn session titled "Understanding and addressing unconscious bias" by Arzu Cöltekin

Arzu Çöltekin studies – among other things – visual illusions in her research, especially in connection to depth perception. In this talk, giving examples from visual illusions that she studies in her own work, Arzu illustrated what implicit / unconscious / cognitive bias really means, and drew links between illusions and implicit bias in work contexts.

The visual illusion examples disarm everyone who might not ‘buy’ the unconscious bias stories as a possibly harmful source of behaviour. At the same time, they encourage taking responsibility without the blame, inviting us all to think what we can do to live a better life. Let’s have a look at the take aways!

Meet the person behind the Lunch &  Learn – a true Role Model!

Take Aways

Implicit bias is a well documented cognitive phenomenon. Just like optical illusions, it’s not your fault. It is however your responsibility to identify and counter your biases..

Privilege and discrimination come in many forms, it’s not all about gender or biological sex, but a bunch of things like race, ethnicity, name, accent … and these things “intersect”.

“Role models”, i.e., seeing / witnessing examples of the under-represented people in positions that are “unusual” for them, seem to work. We need to continue this path.

Losing a privilege might feel like losing a right. It is important to understand what is perhaps easier for you than for another person, and whether this is earned.


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