Sway

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Uncovers the science behind our “unintentional” biases using real-world stories underpinned by scientific theories and research.

Experiments have shown that our brains categorize people by race in less than one-tenth of a second, about 50 milliseconds before determining sex. This means that we are labeling people by race and associating certain characteristics to them without even hearing them speak or getting to know them. This subtle cognitive process starts in the amygdala, the area of the brain associated with strong emotions.


Does this mean that unconscious biases are hardwired into our brains as an evolutionary response, or do they emerge from assimilating information that we see around us? In Sway, author Pragya Agarwal uncovers the science behind our “unintentional” biases. Using real-world stories underpinned by scientific theories and research, this book unravels the way our unconscious biases are affecting the way we communicate and perceive the world. A wide range of implicit biases are covered and by using research and theories from a wide range of disciplines, including social science, psychology, biology, and neuroscience, readers learn how these biases manifest and whether there is anything we can do about them.


At a time when the gender pay gap and diversity in the workplace are dominating our conversations, understanding how unconscious bias functions within all of us is more important than ever. The book encourages readers to think, understand, and evaluate their own biases in a scientific and nonjudgmental way.