Biases That Bind: The Role Of Stereotypes In Decision-Making Processes

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Executive Summary

In many situations, stereotypes do more harm than good. But situations exist in which stereotypes can be a useful tool for efficient decision making. In medical decision making, for example, demographic categories often are undeniably relevant: a physician would be unlikely to diagnose a male patient with menopause. An individual's energy level can affect the likelihood of stereotyping. "Early birds" are less biased in the morning and "Night Owls" are less biased in the evening.

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