Posted by Ros Connors

Have you been judged by your name?

You’ve likely heard of bias. It’s a phase often used to describe unfair prejudice or judgement for an external factor like skin colour, race, gender and religion.

But shocking new research reveals its not only these that people are making preconceived judgements on, there is also one type of prejudice that is rarely spoken about. New research conducted by Samsung UK has found that nearly a third of us have felt judged by our name, rising to more than half (53%) of people from minority ethnic backgrounds.

Some of the most frequent misconceptions made about the names of those from diverse ethnic backgrounds are related to where they’re from (39%), their cultural heritage (31%), and a false assumption that English isn’t their first language (27%).

Ros spoke to behavioural scientist Professor Pragya Agarwal.

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