There are several useful tools that allow you to recognize your own personal biases. The Implicit Association Test (IAT) measures implicit attitudes and beliefs that people are either unwilling or unable to report. Implicit attitudes are positive and negative evaluations that occur outside of our conscious awareness. The IAT was developed by a team of researchers at the University of Washington, Harvard University, and the University of Virginia.
The website below provides an array of tests designed to measure implicit attitudes and beliefs in a variety of areas, including race, religion, gender, sexuality, age, disability, and gender and science. We recommend that members of key committees visit the website below, take one or more of these tests, and reflect on their implications when evaluating candidates and colleagues. Each test takes about five minutes. The tests are completely free.
A recent meta-analysis of 122 research reports revealed that IAT scores better predict behavior than explicit self-reports.1