Hear Me Out: Accent Bias

Drawing of four telemarketers of different races.

Voices are more than sounds. They’re auditory faces that can give clues to who we are. In the time it takes to say “hello,” we can identify a person’s ethnic or cultural background as different from ours. Yet this can lead to other impressions that are just...wrong. How might accents influence our judgments? And what’s the cost?

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Credits

“Hear Me Out” was created and developed by Mahzarin Banaji and Olivia Kang with funding from PwC and Harvard University.

Narration by Olivia Kang, featuring Emilee Hackney

Sound editing and mixing by Evan Younger

Music by Miracles of Modern Science

Artwork by Olivia Kang