Perception Institute inspires people to live their values.

Our brains like to be right, our hearts strive to be good. The very experience of racial difference, however, can send these basic human impulses atwitter. Unless disrupted, stereotypes embedded in our brains can turn into implicit bias and lead to discrimination over time.

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Perception 20/20 Blog

Perception 20/20

Inspiring a clear vision of black men and boys.

Perception 20/20 curates a conversation about the ways in which we view each other and ourselves. It challenges us to examine and transform our views and attitudes toward others, with an emphasis on shifting the way we perceive black men and boys. We solicit and present ideas from a broad constellation of thinkers, practitioners, and community voices. Submissions welcome:

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Research: Science & Perception

Most Americans believe in equality, yet discrimination persists. Why? Recent research shows that automatic processes in our brain shape our perceptions and our actions. What you see, it turns out, isn’t always what you get. This is your brain on race.

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Representation: Culture & Perception

The media plays a significant role in shaping our perceptions of race. For many, the media is the primary way they learn about black men and boys. With a few notable exceptions, most media present black men as figures to be admired for their athletic prowess or artistic talent but feared for their potential criminality. When we get our knowledge of race from the media, race itself triggers a complex set of emotions: fear, envy, anxiety, but also admiration and desire.

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Reality: Living & Perception

Stereotyping and bias are universal human phenomena. No one is immune from the effects of implicit bias, racial anxiety, and stereotype threat. These phenomena have serious impacts on our decisions and on the way we treat each other in every sphere of our daily lives.

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