Implicit Association Test Assignment

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Dr. Liz
Implicit Association Test
12/17/10

Going to this website and taking this test was very interesting. It was definitely not what I expected it to be nor did it ask me the types of questions I thought it might. The result of my test was that my data suggested a strong automatic preference for Light Skin compared to Dark Skin. Even though these results were given to me, I do not believe that they are accurate. I have no preference in any person’s skin color. I do not judge anybody by their skin color but rather who they are as people. I also think that it is extremely difficult to accurately measure prejudice. When doing tests like this, most people will answer what they think is politically correct or how they think they are supposed to answer. The only efficient way to measure this is to put people out in the elements and catch them in action. Similar to that show called “What Would You Do”. Then and only then will you be able to make an accurate assessment on a person’s prejudices. Some sociologists may calculate people’s prejudices by asking a person how many friends they have of another race other than their own. They might also find out where they live and ask them to go on a side of town that they are not generally ever in. This way they can be “graded” on what their reaction is. Not many people will be up front with how they truly feel about prejudice and individuals of another race. What we do know is that we all need to come together as people of the same world and make it a better place for all.

Your ResultYour data suggest a strong automatic preference for Light Skin compared to Dark Skin.| The interpretation is described as 'automatic preference for Light Skin' if you responded faster when Light Skin faces and Good words were classified with the same key than when Dark Skin faces and Good words were classified with the same key. Depending on the magnitude of your result, your automatic preference may be described as 'slight',...
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