Implicit bias: What are we missing?

Implicit bias is a worrying and puzzling phenomenon. Research shows that even if people explicitly claim to be objective, they still sometimes behave or decide in ways that can be considered biased, for example racist or sexist. (How) is this possible?

SR3, first floor


One widely shared assumption in the literature on implicit bias is that a certain kind of psychological state or process, an implicit attitude, is causally responsible for implicitly biased behaviors, decisions, feelings, and thoughts. Accordingly, two main research aims have been to (1) develop and improve ways to measure this implicit attitude, for example by means of the Implicit Association Test; and (2) to identify what kind of state implicit attitudes exactly are. Are they beliefs, associations, or idiosyncratic psychological states? Whether this picture is indeed the best way to understand and overcome implicit bias has received scant attention, and requires further reflection.

The aim of the current workshop is to critically reflect on philosophical assumptions underlying this picture of implicit bias, for example about the nature of action and the mind, and to discuss alternative perspectives and approaches to understanding and overcoming the problem of implicit bias. Contributions that explicitly support or criticize the aforementioned picture are welcome, but we are particularly interested in proposals that offer alternative perspectives on implicit bias, for example grounded in embodied, embedded, enactivist, and/or phenomenological approaches.


This workshop is part of the research project “Implicit bias: What are we missing?”, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

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Wednesday, October 11

9.15– 9.35

Registration & Coffee

9.35 – 9.45


Lieke Asma

9.45 – 11.00

Embodying bias: An updated look.

Céline Leboeuf

11.00 – 11.30


11.30 – 12.15

Visceral, yet ineffable: on the biases of olfaction.

Sofia Livi

12.15 – 13.00

 Distorted Pictures. A 4E-informed take on implicit bias.

Thomas Wachtendorf

13.00 – 14.30


14.30 – 15.15

A unified hinge account of prejudices and regularities in mathematics. [Online]

Jordi Fairhurst Chilton & José Antonio Pérez Escobar

15.15 – 16.00

AI-assisted reflection of implicit biases in the context of child welfare assessment.

Christopher Koska

16.00 – 16.15


16.15 – 17.30

Implicit bias as behavior.

Jan De Houwer




Thursday, October 12

9.45 – 11.0

Believing as a normative practice: implications for the implicit bias debate.

Annemarie Kalis

11.00 – 11.30


11.30 – 12.15

The feeling of familiarity as an adversary to implicit biases? Examining the role of affective mindshaping.

Daniel Vespermann

12.15 – 13.00

Multiple Model Integration in the psychology of implicit bias.

Nathan Lackey

13.00 – 14.30


14.30 – 15.15

’Maman, look!’: How the historical-racial schema does (and does not) disrupt the body schema.

Jasper St. Bernard

15.15 – 15.45


15.45 – 16.30

 Implicit bias and linguistic discrimination. [Online]

Yael Peled and Anna Drożdżowicz

16.30 – 17.15

Implicit Biases are implicit memories.

Pelin Kasar


Optional drinks