Implicit bias in astronomy

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We all harbour subconscious expectations about people based on their apparent membership of groups, such as gender, ethnicity or age. Research shows that these expectations can lead us to undervalue some people's contributions, inhibiting their success and thus negatively impacting our entire field.

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Figure 1: The fraction of female and male recipients of prizes from the American Astronomical Society.

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Knezek, P. Implicit bias in astronomy. Nat Astron 1, 0151 (2017) doi:10.1038/s41550-017-0151

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