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You're probably right that, if unconscious bias doesn't actually affect team performance, that result would have trouble making it to publication. Maybe the team would need an unmeasured scapegoat explanation handy so that if their results are negative, they can say 'Unconscious bias isn't the problem, so it must be X' and save some face.

I have no objection to the use of polygraph as an instrument. I would place some restrictions on what questions can be asked, though. My first impulse is that any question you aren't allowed to ask on polygraph, you shouldn't be able to ask at all.

Based on my experience with sociological studies, I’m afraid something like the following scenario is more likely. A bunch of college students are mixed with high school dropouts. After being tested for racial biases, they are split in pairs and given some g-loaded tasks. The results show that pairs of people without strong biases have much better performance. Experiment organizers publish a paper -“Racial biases hurt productivity”.
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