Heather C. Harrington
May 12, 2013
In this assignment I will be providing the results from the Harvard-hosted Implicit Associations Test that I recently completed online. I will share my personal results from the test, and provide answers to the questions that were provided in the course syllabus
Implicit Association Test
An Implicit Association Test (IAT) is a psychological assessment that measures the unconscious partiality that a person demonstrates between two opposite things, people, groups or features. The Harvard hosted demo test presented several different categories to choose. The tests ranged from determining Gender/Career, Sexual Orientation to Religion.
The test that I chose to take was the Weight IAT. I was curious to find out the results because weight has always been an issue in my life. In the past five years, through dedication and perseverance I have lost 120 pounds and striving to lose 30 more. The data from the IAT suggested “a moderate automatic preference for Thin People compared to Fat People” (Harvard Reasearch Team, 2001). The results meant that I reacted quicker when I was presented with thin images and positive words compared to fat images and negative words. This places me the unprejudiced discriminator or the reluctant liberal role. I agree with the results to an extent but do not...