We may be convinced that science is not just for men, but the concept of science remains much more strongly associated with masculinity than with femininity in people’s minds. This automatic bias also exists in the minds of scientists, who may not be necessarily aware of it. It may even lead to otherwise careful scientific evaluation committees putting women at a disadvantage during promotion rounds involving men and women researchers. So say behavioural scientists from the Social and cognitive psychology laboratory (CNRS/Université Clermont Auvergne), the Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology (CNRS/Aix-Marseille Université), and the University of British Columbia (Canada), led by Isabelle Régner and Pascal Huguet. who report their findings in Nature Human Behaviour.
Read the research paper: Committees with implicit biases promote fewer women when they do not believe gender bias exists, Isabelle Régner, Catherine Thinus-Blanc, Agnès Netter, Toni Schmader and Pascal Huguet. Nature Human Behaviour
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