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This Is Your Brain on Stereotypes: How Science Is Tackling Unconscious Bias

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An essential overview of the science behind stereotypes: from why our brains form them to how recognizing them can help us be less biased.

From the time we're babies, our brains constantly sort and label the world around us--a skill that's crucial for our survival. But, as adolescents are all too aware, there's a tremendous downside: When we do this to groups of people it c
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Hardcover, 88 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by Kids Can Press
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Briar's Reviews
This Is Your Brain on Stereotypes is a unique non-fiction novel aimed towards kids.

Books like these are what I needed during my childhood. I wanted to read non-fiction, but interesting ones! Reading the same one about bears or plants got tiring, so having a book like this would have made me jump with joy!

This is a middle grade novel that's probably closer to grade four and up. There is lots of information packed tight in this book, so I wouldn't necessarily leave it only in children's fiction. I
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Geoff
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In a previous life I spent around a decade researching attitudes, stereotypes, and the brain, so the topic of this book is near to my heart (and several of the people whose research is described in this book were my academic colleagues, heroes, or friends). So I'm predisposed to like this book, but I thought it was a very clear, concise, readable and engaging discussion of stereotypes, prejudice, their effects, and how to change them and mitigate their effects. The illustrations were charming, t ...more
Sarah
"We're not born with ... preferences or stereotypes, but we're definitely born with the capacity to learn them." (Yair Bar-Haim, 2006, quoted in This is Your Brain on Stereotypes.
This is an informative book on an interesting and highly relevant subject. Tanya Lloyd Kyi explores contemporary psychological theory around how humans form implicit or unconscious bias and how it impacts upon our behaviour, both individually and at a societal level. In the final chapter, "Rewiring the Mind" and conclus
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Natalie
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

This book is a fantastic source of detailed and well researched information about how we are taught stereotypes from being very young, often unknowingly.

This book gives well detailed accounts of research that has been conducted scientifically relating to different types of stereotypes such as gender based, racial, ethical etc.

This is a fantastic information book that is great
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Laura
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting middle-grade book on how prejudice works, even if we are not aware that we are prejudiced. The book contains a bunch of studies that detailed and explained.

Really interesting read, but long, and a little lectury. Not sure if the target audience will finish the book, but even if they don't there is os much to learn by reading only a bit it might spark debate and wonder.

Good use of studies from around the world, and calling out all kinds of "unintentional bias" that happens all the tim
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Allie
This rating/review is based on an ARC courtesy Netgalley and Kids Can Press.

This is a really thoughtful, really well written book about stereotypes and bias written for a youth audience. I think it's a well written book for any audience (adults included), and it's certainly a well-written book for older kids and teens. Tanya Lloyd Kyi condenses a very tricky topic into a very readable text, touching on so many different aspects of identity, discrimination, culture, and action. The book moves at
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Joy (Books with Joy)
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A gorgeously illustrated book with fantastic information. This book is not only useful for children, but for teens and adults. Topics like stereotypes, prejudice, racism, and many more are covered and well approached. Furthermore, this book contains rhetoric questions and examples in history, keeping the read engaging and informative.

The art is bright and vivid, great for holding attention. The illustrations aren’t overwhelming and complement the text and subject well.

This book serves as a grea
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Tirzah
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Working with books and being exposed to the most recent titles, I have come across several books that have contained the trendy indoctrination that is plaguing children/teen literature. This book is one of them. While I agree with some of the points presented, the majority of the content is secular and empty of God. For Christian, conservative parents/guardians interested in knowing my reasons for reaching this conclusion, read on. If you are not Christian and conservative and wish to read the r ...more
Steff Pasciuti
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I had a massive feeling of deja vu while reading This is Your Brain on Stereotypes by Tanya Lloyd Kyi and illustrated by Drew Shannon. It was almost as though I had read this book before, despite it not being released until September. But the fact of the matter is that much of this is not entirely new information to me. Considering the fact that I have a degree in Psychology, this isn't something I really find all that surprising. The most important thing to note, though,
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Sandy Brehl
It's not uncommon for me to recommend books for young readers to ALL readers, and this book is a prime example.
Seriously.
This nonfiction, 88 page science book is a perfect blend of everything great in a book for kids and adults: an intro, conclusion five chapters, further readings, sources, an index, and some helpful but simple spot illustration of text. It is a hybrid of a text-isn book and a picture book.
Which also means it hits the sweet spot for both young readers and adult readers to have
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Elizabeth
This Is Your Brain On Stereotypes takes a look at the types of stereotypes our brains form, how the brain forms them, the ways in which these stereotypes impact us all, and some of the things we can do to fight those stereotypes in ourselves and in the world around us.

In this upper middle-grade nonfiction, we view the oppression and marginalization in our society through a scientific lens, a unique view of social justice that should allow many readers to realise the ways in which we have all ab
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Kirsten
A thorough introduction to stereotyping and insidious implicit bias. Great suggestions for how to combat those assumptions and reactions. Very readable for 10-18. Great for adults, too. Lots to think about and very timely. I especially loved the suggestion to read books about people from different cultures than your own and with different points of view! #weneeddiversebooks
Josephine Sorrell
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It is evident by observing the young, that bias, discrimination, prejudice, and stereotypes start developing early in the brain. From the time we are babies, our brains are constantly sorting and labelling the world around us. As we grow into our adolescent years and act on the formed bias is when it can cause great harm.

The book is designed to help young people make sense of why we classify people, and how we can change our thinking.. it covers the history of identifying stereotypes, secret bi
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Amber Brooks Bowie
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I must be honest, I came in reading this book with a great deal of skepticism. As a woman of color (a Black woman), I feel that these types of texts are still skewed and somewhat biased. However, this quickly assuaged my feelings of skepticism. Not only did it define and distinguish the differences between bias, prejudice, and racism, but it was able to speak about how they impact several backgrounds. They speak to how minds are trained to have certain beliefs, known as stereotypes. This is defi ...more
Ioana
The book starts by explaining the meaning of bias, stereotype, prejudice and discrimination, then moving on to tackling serious topics. I was surprised at how in-depth it went and how well it approached the topic.

It is structured in chapters, so you could say it's a chapter book, but each one is full of information. The illustrations are beautiful and makes it different from a classic textbook. It's something a middle gradder would enjoy, either on their own or with a parent. I think it could a
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Theediscerning
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well, call me biased, but this was a lot greater than I thought it was going to be. I thought we might get some worthy tract about "stereotypes = bad, prejudice = badder", or something along those lines, clearly designed to rap some people across the metaphorical knuckles in social studies. But it's so much richer, deeper and better-built than that. It manages to cite so many studies regarding prejudice, racist thinking and the mentality of the crowd that you'd never guess the author has over tw ...more
Carmen
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from Kids Can Press via NetGalley for an honest review.

I found this book to be very relevant and informative, especially during these times that we are living through. As a teacher myself, I strive to teach my students about recognizing stereotypes, bias, racism and discrimination - but this is the first resource that I found that focuses on the science of the brain to explain these occurrences. It provides a lot of recent information and results of research. It in
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Sarah Hanson
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a practical book to teach an audience about the history, factors, and reflections to keep in mind on the subject of stereotyping and holding bias. The engaging pictures, facts, relevant and timely information, as well as flashback structure makes this text very easy to read and appealing for young readers.

I admire how there are examples given throughout world history, and rhetorical questions to ask the reader to reflect on their own choices and impact of their bias. The reputable list
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Katarina
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is great, and I highly recommend it to people of all ages.
I was impressed by the author’s ability to break a complex subject into smaller pieces, explain each in simple terms, and then putting all the pieces together in a way that makes sense. It helped me understand, or become aware of my own, as well as other people’s bias. It’s a very interesting book, and my review doesn’t do it justice (that’s why I’m a reviewer, not a writer).

I’m struggling to find the right words to express my o
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KD Grainger
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I have soft-spot for well-researched non-fiction books for young readers because I can remember being a voracious reader with an endless amount of interest but lacking interesting, non-condescending, age-appropriate non-fiction.

This is You Brain on Stereotypes is an excellent example of non-fiction that does not 'talk-down' to it's younger audience. At the same, the references are relevant, detailed, and easily understood. Additionally, the final chapter that provides practical advice on how to
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Iris
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Using historical examples and psychological studies, Kyi and Shannon discuss the complicated way our brains absorb and learn stereotypes. Studies have shown that as young as 3 months old, human babies may learn racial preference based on whom they are surrounded by most often during their infancy. Concepts like dissociation and intergroup bias are explained in such an engaging and simple way. The book appropriately ends with easy ways to work for change. An eye-opening title for youth and adults ...more
Jennifer
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an eARC courtesy of NetGalley and Kids Can Press in exchange for my honest review.

This book was a great introduction for children on how our brain essentially gets hard-wired towards prejudice (in many forms). It is supremely well-researched and the writing is quite accessible for youth. The illustrations do help move the text along, but might not be quite what kids are used to these days as they do give a bit of an old-fashioned vibe.

Overall, I think this would make a worthwhile addi
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Zody
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All people should read this book! This is Your Brain on Stereotypes delves deeply into how and why we think about stereotypes. The author goes into the history of how stereotypes have been exploited and how the science has been manipulated to try and justify these ideas. This book is well crafted and ends with how implicit biases impact our thinking and actions. It offers ways and techniques to help combat these biases to help combat stereotypes and racist thinking.
Erica
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Are you looking for a thorough, clear, and current understanding of bias/stereotypes? This book delivers! Written in short informational bursts around key topics, it gives readers the big picture of bias and it's history and connections to modern history and events. Readers will gain awareness of the hows/whys of humanity in our modern world. It also provides many strategies for practice and self-reflection. An ideal choice for readers ready to understand themselves and others better!
Anneke Alnatour
So this book was enlightening to both myself and the eldest daughter. We loved the book on stress as a well, but I learned so much about unconscious bias...

These books are so great, for everyone from tweens to adults who want to learn more about this topic, but want to pick up a book that is short, has some great examples and still really delivers the facts... Love the suggested reading sources as well.

So recommended!
Marte Olsen
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a very informative and well-made non-fiction book! I like the way the book is divided into chapters, and it explains the topics well for older children/teens to understand. I also really liked that there are examples from all over the world, instead of only from the US or only from Europe etc. Would recommend this!
Rosalyn Davey
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I started reading this before the killing of George Floyd but with what has been happening since I am so glad I have been able to read this before it is released. It has opened my eyes to stereotypes I didn’t know existed, explained the science behind stereotypes and gives great ideas to bring an end to stereotypes. I recommend that people preorder this for when it’s released in September!
Tina
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was a fascinating read on stereotypes addressing complex and nuanced concepts in which our brains act upon. The topics discussed in the book help readers make clear steps in talking about racial issues, discrimination, and bias. Its focus is on education, challenging perceptions, and informative information that is easy to consume.

e-arc provided by Netgalley.
Zuri Scrivens
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An essential read that provides relevant and up-to-date teachings about stereotypes, why we have them and their potentially negative repercussions. With change-making as its focus, This Is Your Brain on Stereotypes provides simple strategies for reversing the ways we stereotype each other and discriminate based on those stereotypes. This is a great resource for parents, teachers and young adults, while also providing an excellent jumping off point for anyone ready to ignite change both within th ...more
Melanie McFarlane
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a fascinating read on stereotypes and how our brains are wired to act. A great way to start discussion with both children and teens about racial issues, discrimination and many more sensitive topics that are relevant in today's landscape.
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Tanya writes both fiction and non-fiction, often choosing topics related to science, pop culture, or social history—or a combination of the three. She enjoys combining factual research with intriguing narratives, or the life stories of interesting folks.

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