Habit-Breaking Exercises Shown To Decrease Implicit Bias Based on Race and Ethnicitya

Cognitive StrategyDescription
Stereotype replacementRecognize your own responses that are based on stereotypes and teach yourself to have a different response
Counter-stereotypic imagingThink of specific examples that do not fit with the racial and ethnic stereotypes you have been taught
IndividuationOvercome responses based on stereotypes by thinking about the person's individual qualities
Perspective takingImagine yourself in the place of the person from a racial or ethnic minority
Increasing opportunities for contactSeek out chances to interact with members of other racial and ethnic groups
  • a Adapted from Devine et al.46