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This Is Your Brain on Stereotypes

How Science Is Tackling Unconscious Bias

by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, illustrated by Drew Shannon

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prejudice & racism, sociology, psychology
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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 can cause great harm. Here's a comprehensive introduction to the science behind stereotypes that will 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 biases in our brains, and how stereotypes affect our sense of self. Most importantly, it covers current research into how science can help us overcome our biases, offering hope for a future where stereotypes are less prevalent and the world is more fair for everyone.

Written by award-winning author Tanya Lloyd Kyi, this timely and hopeful book addresses the issues of discrimination, racism, sexism, ableism and homophobia and offers concrete suggestions on how to make change. It uses scientific inquiry and loads of relatable and interesting examples to explore these uncomfortable topics in age-appropriate and engaging ways. Chapters, sidebars and colorful illustrations break the text into manageable chunks. Besides the many ways this book could be used to inspire frank and in-depth discussions on the importance of addressing stereotypes and bias, it also links to many science and social studies curriculum topics. Backmatter includes an extensive list of sources, suggestions for further reading and an index.

About the Authors

Tanya Lloyd Kyi

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Drew Shannon is an illustrator who lives in Toronto. Drew earned a bachelor of arts at Sheridan College and has worked with many different clients, including CBC, VICE Media, UNICEF, The Washington Post and NPR. He is the illustrator of Extreme Battlefields: When War Meets the Forces of Nature and Out of the Ice: How Climate Change is Revealing the Past.

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Contributor Notes

Tanya Lloyd Kyi writes both fiction and nonfiction on topics related to science, pop culture, social history --- or a combination of the three. Her recent books include Under Pressure, Prince of Pot, and Mya's Strategy to Save the World. Tanya lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her family.

Drew Shannon is a Toronto-based illustrator whose clients include the Globe and Mail, the Washington Post, Reader's Digest, CBC, NPR and more. He is also the co-creator of the graphic novel series The Montague Twins.

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11 to 14
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6 to 9
Editorial Reviews

A worthwhile purchase ... that will help readers recognize, understand, and eradicate stereotypes.

— School Library Journal

A must-read primer for change.

— Kirkus Reviews, starred review

... fascinating ...

— Booklist

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