For Session 4 of TED2020, experts in biohacking, synthetic biology, psychology and beyond explored topics ranging from discovering the relationship between the spinal cord and asparagus to using tools of science to answer critical questions about racial bias. Below, a recap of the night’s talks and performances. Andrew Pelling, biomedical researcher Big idea: Could we […]Continue reading
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Through interdisciplinary collaborations and a wide-ranging array of methods -- from laboratory studies to novel field experiments -- Jennifer L. Eberhardt has revealed the startling, and often dispiriting, extent to which racial imagery and judgments shape actions and outcomes both in our criminal justice system and our neighborhoods, schools and workplaces. Her work highlights the negative impact that racial bias can have on us in these settings and provides clear direction on what we can do about it. Amid unprecedented inequality and growing polarization around the world, she is enlisting science in the fight for equal justice.
After receiving her PhD from Harvard University, Eberhardt joined the faculty at Yale University in the psychology and African and African American departments. She joined the Stanford faculty in 1998, where she is currently a professor of psychology and public policy and a faculty director of Stanford SPARQ , a university initiative to use social psychological research to address pressing social problems. Eberhardt has been named a MacArthur Fellow and one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers. She has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. She is the author of Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We, See, Think, Do.