Mediator’s Corner

Implicit Bias and Mediator Neutrality


As impartial mediators, we are expected to conduct our work in a manner which is objective and free of bias. We strive to be neutral. Yet, recent cognitive science research suggests this may be harder to do than previously believed. Of particular concern are the thought processes and behaviors in which we may engage and of which we are completely unconscious.

Discussed herein is a collection of recent cognitive science and psychology studies which relate to the skills we use in our mediation work. This non-exhaustive overview of implicit bias research along with its implications for mediation triggers reflection about our assumptions of neutrality and lack of bias within us as mediators. The research includes a discussion about age, race and gender and the ways these qualities may unconsciously impact us as mediators.

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