Introduction to Unconscious Bias | Lesson 1 / 10

How Do Biases Shape Our Sense of Normal?

3 min

Quiz 1 of 2

You tell your coworker that you had soup for breakfast and she says that’s messed up. Is her thinking prescriptive or descriptive?

a
Descriptive: She’s using words that express her feelings towards eating soup for breakfast
b
Prescriptive: She’s telling you that soup is the correct breakfast choice for a healthy lifestyle
c
Descriptive: She’s using the words “messed up” to evoke an image of the untidy state a breakfast soup can create
d
Prescriptive: She’s turning her norms into a judgement, saying you’re “different” breakfast choice is “wrong”

Quiz 2 of 2

Your coworker doesn’t get the connection between norms and unconscious bias. How could you explain it to him?

a
Unconscious biases are normal, and not having them would make you different from everyone else.
b
You might unconsciously think that something “normal” is right and something “different” is wrong, which can impact your judgments about people around you.
c
Everyone is different in their own unique ways, and there’s no such thing as “normal”.
d
Being “normal” means you’re not different enough from everyone else, so you can’t make valid judgments.

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