As seen in the session, our mental representations are not the direct translation of the world around us. Our mental representations are our interpretation of reality. As soon as we see someone, we will automatically associate him/ her with a series of attributes which often do not correspond directly to the person in front of us. However, these attributes will structure our behavior and impact our choices and our decisions towards him/ her.
A technique called “Nudging” can be used to reduce biases, change perceptions and automatic behaviors, even well beyond social biases. If you would like to know more about it, 2017 Nobel Laureate in Economics, Richard Thaler, has published : “Nudge, Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth and Happiness.”