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UK medical student creates handbook to show clinical symptoms on darker skin

Doctors may be missing fatal illnesses because medical textbooks are biased toward white skin.

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  • A medical student in the UK recently created a handbook to help trainee doctors recognize life-threatening conditions on black and brown skin.
  • "Mind the Gap" includes images that display how certain illnesses appear on both darker and lighter skin tones.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated problems with suspected coronavirus patients being asked if they are "pale" or if their lips "turned blue".
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The trouble with judging historical figures by today’s moral standards

Monuments are under attack in America. How far should we go in re-examining our history?

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  • Historical American monuments and sculptures are under attack by activists.
  • The monuments are accused of celebrating racist history.
  • Toppling monuments is a process that often happens in countries but there's a danger of bias.
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Why the illusory truth effect works

Repeating lies makes people believe they are true, show studies.

  • Two recent studies looked at the illusory truth effect.
  • The effect describes our propensity to start believing untrue statements if they are repeated.
  • The phenomenon is a universal bias linked to cognitive fluency but can be counterbalanced.
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Should students learn about their implicit biases in grade school?

The development of implicit biases starts at a young age and then they get reinforced over time.

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  • Awareness of your implicit biases can lessen their effect.
  • In the classic "Draw-A-Scientist Test" young students overwhelmingly drew similar representations of a scientist.
  • Teaching young people to become aware of the idea of their "implicit biases" could help them better understand their peers.
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Exposing our hidden biases curbs their influence, new research suggests

Do you know the implicit biases you have? Here are some ways to find them out.

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  • A study finds that even becoming aware of your own implicit bias can help you overcome it.
  • We all have biases. Some of them are helpful — others not so much.
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