0019 - Outgroup homogeneity cognitive bias | They are all the same

The Unlearning Playground

18-08-2022 • 7 mins

The human mind has a tendency to over-homogenize its outgroups. Statements and narratives that generalise and stereotype our outgroups seem to be more easily acceptable to us than we would expect from our rational selves.

Join me in this episode as I talk about the outgroup homogeneity bias. I know it’s a bit of a mouthful, but it is one of those cognitive biases that is actually very fascinating once understood properly.

Like most of my episodes, I talk about how to go about understanding this cognitive bias in simple and easy-to-understand language. And I also cite examples from our everyday lives where this bias creeps in and holds us back from being the best we can be.



(00:00)    Prologue
(00:45)    What are ingroups and outgroups?
(01:34)    What is meant by outgroup homogeneity?
(02:09)    A fascinating example
(04:18)    Men vs Women
(06:20)    Stereotypes & how to understand them
(07:25)    Ending

I had fun recording this episode.
I hope you have fun listening to it.

I’ll see you in the playground.
Until next time.
Peace out.

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"Dreamer" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
"Reaching Out" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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