Wednesday, April 15, 2009

This Was Interesting

I am doing a project for school on Diversity. We read in class about the Implicit Association Test, part of Project Implicit. Project Implicit is a “Virtual Laboratory for the social and behavioral sciences designed to facilitate the research of implicit social cognition: cognitions, feelings, and evaluations that are not necessarily available to conscious awareness, conscious control, conscious intention, or self-reflection” .

So I looked it up and took the first one listed. If I understand correctly, you can take the test, it is confidential, but they get to use the results in their research. Anyway, it was trying to gauge my "preference" for gay people or straight people. The test is a word association thing, timed to peg your automatic reactions. It was even fun in a nerdy-video game way. My result:

Your data suggest a slight automatic preference for Gay People compared to Straight People.

Huh. OK. Only 7% of the population falls into this category. I didn't delve too deeply into what it "means", but if you are interested in the research, or would like to try it yourself, you can read more about it here.

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