Open Your Mind: Understanding Implicit Bias


Implicit bias is defined as the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner.

Admitting and identifying personal biases can be difficult. Nearly two decades of scientific research has persuasively demonstrated that each of us harbor implicit bias even if we seem to hold no explicit prejudice. Society is saturated with attitudes and stereotypes about social groups and people encompassing a range of intersectional identities and over time these feelings and beliefs can become more ingrained.

The Open Your Mind learning lab is designed to assist the public in understanding and recognizing bias and other forms of discrimination, as well as to explore recent debates in the realm of implicit bias research.

Open Your Mind: Understanding Implicit Bias is located on the first floor of the museum next to the museum gift shop, and is included in general admission.


June 9, 2017
New York Times reporter John Eligon visits the Open Your Mind: Understanding Implicit Bias Learning Lab

March 1, 2017
New Lab at the Underground Railroad Freedom Center Helps Visitors Acknowledge Their Own Implicit Biases

February 26, 2017
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center offers hands on learning

February 12, 2017
This Week in Cincinnati: Understanding 'Implicit Bias'

February 12, 2017
Implicit Bias Exhibit at Freedom Center

February 4, 2017
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center teaches community how to recognize bias

February 2, 2017
Freedom Center will open lab on unconcious bias

January 31, 2017
COLUMN: This Harvard professor knows your blindspots better than you do

January 20, 2017
YouTube: Implicit Bias Exhibit

January 20, 2017
Neag School Co-Sponsors Implicit Bias Exhibit Through Feb. 28

January 18, 2017
Silent Prejudices Exposed: Implicit Bias opens in the library


January 31, 2017
Implicit Bias Learning Lab Opens at National Underground Railroad Freedom Center this Week

Learning Lab Partner

Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University

Learning Lab Sponsors

The Coca-Cola Foundation
The Ford Foundation
Procter & Gamble