Implicit Bias 101
When it comes to mental health, it is crucial to know how your brain functions in order to take care of it and give it the care that it needs. The neural pathways that make up your brain shoot around information all day, causing you to be able to live you life as normal. Just like every other part of the body, the brain is a mechanism that need to be cared for, understood, and studied. The concept of implicit bias is something long-debated and studied in the scientific community, and is said to have a monumental impact on how we see others. This video provides a crash course into implicit bias science.
Implicit biases are stereotypes that our brains form about certain groups of people. This usually has to do with different genders and races, but can also apply to people of different ages and body types.
Our brains, subconsciously, run tests to confirm inner stereotypes we make about others. Since this is something that happens under the surface of our brains, it is nearly impossible to prevent it. The more we study this mental mechanism, however, the more we can work to fight racism and harmful stereotypes.