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do you want to know your hidden biases on Race or Gender?

simbasimba 5783 replies309 threads Senior Member
edited April 2006 in Parent Cafe
This really is a cool web based test. Each test will take about 10 mins, and you will learn what your mind thinks. It is from an org. called understanding prejudices, and was developed by Profs. from Harvard and Virginia.

http://www.understandingprejudice.org/iat/

When it comes to gender and racial equality, most people know what their opinions are. But what about unconscious attitudes and associations? Would you be surprised to learn, for example, that you unconsciously favor one gender or racial group over another?

The test you are about to take, known as the "Implicit Association Test," offers one way to probe unconscious biases. In this 10-minute test, you will be presented with words or images and asked to respond as quickly as possible. At the end, your responses will be tallied so that you can see how your score compares to others and to your expectations (these responses will also be saved and tabulated as part of an investigation of implicit associations).

Warning: This test has been taken more than one million times, and the results usually reveal some degree of bias. Your test results will include interpretations based on research done with more elaborate versions of this test. However, the parties who have contributed to this site make no claim regarding the validity of suggested interpretations. If you would rather not read these interpretations or risk discovering hidden biases, please do not continue.

On their home page they also have other tests that are good too. They are:

1. Slide Tour of Prejudice (10 mins.)
2. Ambivilent Sexism (This really depends on your coutry of origin) - 20 mins.
3. What is your Native American IQ (10 mins)

Good Informative stuff about Slavery and US Presidents (30 mins)
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  • NorthstarmomNorthstarmom 24049 replies804 threads Senior Member
    Thanks for posting this. I have done that and also have referred others to the site. It's excellent.

    For those who take the test: Take the whole test. If you don't, you will not realize the way that the test is constructed, and you might think that it's designed to have people link African Americans with undesireable characteristics. I mention this because when I posted it a few months ago, a black parent posted that he started taking it and then quit because he thought the test was biased. Trust me: the word pairings change in the second half of the test.
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  • somebodynewsomebodynew 2814 replies81 threads Senior Member
    I figured out how it works after taking the Gender one and then getting halfway through the race one, and I was surprised by my choices sometimes. Intriguing.
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  • simbasimba 5783 replies309 threads Senior Member
    and there is no way to cheat !!!!!
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  • coronax2coronax2 984 replies61 threads Senior Member
    Very interesting! Sent it to my kids.
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  • cavalier302cavalier302 4293 replies50 threads Senior Member
    This is an interesting test, but it is by no means authoritative. I'd be interested to see the "science" behind it. Oh well, it's interesting to show people and to see who among my friends is particularly racist...
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  • simbasimba 5783 replies309 threads Senior Member
    I don't think you can conclude if one is racist or not. Ir just shows your biases and then you analyze your behavior and improve on the areas that need improving.
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  • cavalier302cavalier302 4293 replies50 threads Senior Member
    But if the test tests subconscious bias, how can you "improve" yourself? The best you can do is to not let those biases out in your everyday life.

    BTW, I think I've taken a similar version of this test before that tested for bias against other groups, like the elderly and the obese. The only group against which I showed signifigant implicit bias was the obese, which is entirely true. I hold them in low regard.
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  • w1ckedw1cked 1629 replies5 threads Member
    Oh nice. Other than blacks and whites there are no other groups..Asians, etc must not exist on this planet. Nice study by the fools in their ivory towers.
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  • cavalier302cavalier302 4293 replies50 threads Senior Member
    w1cked, on a related note: when schools talk about "diversity," they only mean blacks. Hispanics matter a little bit. Asians and people who bring diversity in more substantial ways than race don't matter.
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  • w1ckedw1cked 1629 replies5 threads Member
    Let us ignore the fact that going to a 'diverse' college vs going to a homogenous college has absolutely no effect on your education. I will elucidate your point even more. When they talk about diversity, they only mean diversity of skin color. The important thing-diversity of thoughts, ideas, opinions is really non existent at colleges.
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  • cavalier302cavalier302 4293 replies50 threads Senior Member
    But w1cked, people from different races are so different! Students need to go to college with them in order to understand them! And colleges need to constantly reinforce that people from different races are different!

    (you obviously didn't get the memo.)
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  • Greensleeves1028Greensleeves1028 177 replies2 threads Junior Member
    I took the test and have absolutely no biases in either category. I think it's because I make a lot of mistakes, and cannot think that quickly... It's why I don't play video games. So I don't know if I really believe the results or if I am truly unbiased...
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  • WindSlicerWindSlicer 1148 replies25 threads Senior Member
    I took the test and have no biases.

    Not to say that I think I'm biased, but I'm just bad with those "click as fast as you can".

    Did anyone else get like 10-15 wrong each time? -_-"
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  • firewalkerfirewalker - 2375 replies34 threads Senior Member
    Implicit Association Test: Black and White Race
    Your data suggest a slight automatic preference for African American compared to European American.

    The table below shows the percentage of other online test takers receiving various test results, so you can compare yourself with other people. Your results have been corrected for the order in which you performed the dual category associations.



    Test Result % of Test Takers:

    Strong automatic preference for White people 48%
    Moderate automatic preference for White people 13%
    Slight automatic preference for White people 12%
    Little or no automatic preference 12%
    Slight automatic preference for Black people 6%
    Moderate automatic preference for Black people 4%
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  • firewalkerfirewalker - 2375 replies34 threads Senior Member
    Implicit Association Test: Gender
    Your data suggest a moderate association of Female with CAREER and Male with FAMILY compared to Male with CAREER and Female with FAMILY.

    table below shows the percentage of other online test takers receiving various test results, so you can compare yourself with other people. Your results have been corrected for the order in which you performed the dual category associations.



    Test Result % of Test Takers:

    Strong association between male and career 40%
    Moderate association between male and career 15%
    Slight association between male and career 12%
    Little or no gender association with career or family 17%
    Slight association between female and career 6%
    Moderate association between female and career 5%
    Strong association between female and career 5%
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  • FalrapaxFalrapax 43 replies7 threads Junior Member
    I wander into the parent cafe and this is what you guys do all day, lol.

    anyway I don't think this test is particularly accurate because I noticed that I was conditioned to respond with good on one side and bad on the other. While doing the first part of the test, my fingers became conditioned to respond to certain patterns, so when the categories switched sides, my fingers instinctively sent 'good' and 'bad' qualities to their original sides, but I was sending whites and blacks in the wrong directions because they had switched. seems more like temporary motor conditioning, not really having any actual psychological bearing
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  • NJresNJres 6100 replies189 threads Senior Member
    conditioning can be a funny thing... for example

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    instructions: Just like that implicit association test, you must answer the question as quickly as possible without thinking about it... ready?
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    This example will show you how conditioning works:

    Say the word "joke" 5 times... fast

    read the following words out loud:

    joke
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    joke
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    joke
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    joke..

    Now, What do you call the white part of an egg?
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  • ldmom06ldmom06 5388 replies176 threads Senior Member
    Very interesting...thanks for posting this.

    I truly had to whip through the test because I'm late to chaperone a UIL band contest...only had time to finish the race section. I'm confused, but pleased I have a moderate automatic preference for African Americans even though I'm not African American. Maybe it's being a Caucasion reared in the Rio Grande Valley attending a school where I was the minority to the extreme and the fact that my husband and half my aunts and uncles are Hispanic...shoot I don't know. Interesting...I'll be pondering for days...lol!
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  • cavalier302cavalier302 4293 replies50 threads Senior Member
    Maybe it's because no CC parent would ever admit to having any automatic preference for whites?
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  • w1ckedw1cked 1629 replies5 threads Member
    Look, this is what I think. If you really have a preference, its probably for your own race. If you have a preference for African Americans, you are no way morally superior than someone who has a preference for Whites. Cut out the politically correct crap out already.
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