Thursday, May 16, 2013
Driving on the left side of the road
In order to simplify driving, and likely many other decisions in my day, I (and you) evidently do many tasks automatically. In the context of driving on the left side of the road or even just walking across the road in the UK, nearly everyone in the workshop—whether they were from the States or continental Europe—found it difficult to reset our programmed brains. (Look right then left before crossing the road or is it the other way around?) Similarly, how many such decisions are taking place automatically when we grade exams, review proposals, or select faculty candidates? Can we really be sure that we are making the right decision in all of these cases if we don't have complete control or awareness of our own implicit biases?