The brain is capable of processing approximately 11 million bits of information every second but our conscious mind only handles 40 to 50 of them. Cognitive shortcuts help process information, especially if we are tired, hungry or distracted. However, this can be problematic if these shortcuts were formed based on mistakes, misinterpretations, stereotypes or other biased information. Using these shortcuts helps strengthen these neural connections and reinforces potential mistakes and biases. This can have far-reaching consequences from discriminatory hiring practices, poorer healthcare treatment or prejudice in the…