SIG: Inclusion in Neuroscience - Post 14
Author: Caleb Simon
Undergraduate research assistant for the B-RAD Lab at the University of Alabama
During our inclusion in neuroscience discussion in lab meeting this week, the B-RAD Lab discussed the APA’s guidelines for bias-free language. Bias-free language is essential to the advancement of science. Because psychological research often compares the prevalence of psychological variables between members of different groups – people of differing social, cultural, racial, ethnic, gender and economic backgrounds– it is important to establish standards for writing about people in an appropriate and respectful way. The APA has provided a unique section with guidelines on their website for writing about each of the following characteristics: historical context, age, disability, gender, participation in research, racial and ethic identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and intersectionality. Each intern at the B-RAD lab summarized one of these sections to present at our lab meeting.
Based on our discussion, it seems that there are a few concerns of upmost importance common across all of the characteristics mentioned:
These APA guidelines simply provide standards for the respectful and scientific discussion of unique people. The intersectionality section reminds readers that people are shaped by and identify with a vast range of social and cultural contexts; this means that people, identities, behaviors are complex and multi-faceted.
American Psychological Association. (2019). Bias-free language. American Psychological Association. Retrieved April 14, 2022, from https://apastyle.apa.org/style-grammar-guidelines/bias-free-language.
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