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This site provides a wide range of educational resources on scientific integrity for The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) research community - useful and applicable whether you are new to research or have many years of experience. As a central component of the CHOP Research Institute's Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) program the site is designed to:
- Convey and clarify role-specific RCR training requirements
- Facilitate access to RCR educational materials and resources
- Serve as a faculty resource for delivering RCR instruction
- Increase understanding of RCR-related federal regulations and CHOP policies
- Introduce institutional experts to answer questions and offer guidance
October 2016 Feature: Unconscious Bias in Science
The best environment for high impact scientific advancements is one where people of diverse views and backgrounds work together to share ideas and find creative solutions. An unconscious bias that limits the potential contributions of a particular group of people risks impeding the rate of scientific discovery. Check out these selected resources to learn how recognizing, reducing, and managing unconscious biases can improve communication, efficiency, fairness, and diversity in the scientific community.
- Project Implicit®, developed by the University of Washington, Harvard University, and the University of Virginia is an online tool an individual can use to assess their unconscious biases in various categories.
- Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, February 2013, written by Mahzarin Banaji, PhD and Anthony Greenwald, PhD discusses hidden biases in people and explores how social groups shape our unconscious views.
- Unconscious Bias in Academic Medicine: Overcoming the Prejudices We Don’t Know We Have, from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Reporter, January 2016, provides an overview and discusses available resources.
- The Impact of Cognitive Stressors in the Emergency Department on Physician Implicit Racial Bias, by Johnson TJ, Hickey RW, Switzer GE, et al., in Academic Emergency Medicine, February 2016, explores how cognitive stressors may increase implicit racial bias.
- National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of the Director, Scientific Workforce Diversity, aims to: expand scientific workforce diversity as a field of inquiry; integrate diversity and inclusion across the NIH-funded scientific workforce; create seamless transitions for biomedical career advancement and progression; promote the value of scientific workforce diversity.
- Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science, from the National Science Foundation, provides statistical information about these three groups in science and engineering education and employment.
- National Institutes of Health Addresses the Science of Diversity, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2015, discusses the need for scientific approaches for four crosscutting diversity challenges impacting the biomedical research workforce.
- Trends and Comparison of Female First Authorship in High Impact Medical Journals: Observational Study (1994-2014), by Filardo et al., in the Brittish Medical Journal, 2016, discusses trends in female first authorship and suggests that underrepresentation of women is a continuing concern that needs to be addressed.
- Journals and Funders Confront Implicit Bias in Peer Review, by Pinholster, in Science, May 2016, summarizes the discussion from an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) forum on how to minimize implicit bias in the peer review process.
- Pride in Science, in Nature, 2014, outlines concerns and challenges of the LGBT community within the scientific community, including the lack of data collection for this minority group.
- Managing Unconscious Bias, Facebook Learning & Development, 2015, is a series of short videos designed to increase awareness of hidden biases and to provide a framework for counteracting them. Four common types of biases that occur in the workplace are addressed: Performance Bias, Performance Attribution Bias, Competence/Likeability Tradeoff Bias, and Maternal Bias. The videos include research findings, impacts, and strategies for managing these unconscious biases.
Explore the Unconscious Bias Topic on this site.