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Implicit Association Test Essay

I found the Harvard-hosted implicit Association test (IAT) to be very interesting and it seemed to be quite accurate on my part. I took the race test and the one that tests how you feel about men vs. women in liberal arts and sciences. In the race test is showed that I prefer, or I like to say, that “I’m more comfortable” around African American people than around European American people. It was easy for me to figure out why my scores showed me leaning toward the African American culture because I am African American and I can relate to African American people. It was strange seeing negative words attached to African American and I found myself at times knowing that good should go with European American but, I just didn’t want to select that African American would be nasty and I seemed to get compliant and refused to associate those labels that I identified as bad. In other words, I would prefer to get the answer wrong that to check that particular box.

It was an “eye opening” assignment and I really enjoyed it. After I had time to process it, I kind of laughed at myself about it. I know that some of that contributed to me being raised in the South and my upbringing of “how” white people or European American’s should not be trusted all the way, and that some leaning more toward European males should not be trusted.

Although, some of my closest co-workers are European American males, I guess when things are put into your mind year after year and day after day by people that you love and trust and care about subconsciously you start thinking that way. I think that it is a slight form of prejudice on my part and I plan on working on my thinking toward European American’s and I’m truly going to try to drop my wall or guard when I’m around them. As far as the results to the liberal arts and science piece again, I think that it’s just a mindset of what fields of studies that most genders’ are associated with. I grew up with mostly women teachers in everything but, math or science.

It just seemed right and I found on this particular test that I was really getting the answers wrong because it just worked out that way. To me it seemed to be a more “safer” and more comfortable test than the race one. In my opinion, most people do not want to be labeled as a racist or prejudice toward race but, it’s probably true that right now more men are in the science field than the arts field at least in my area. Again, I found the tests to be very engaging and if people really take the test seriously in some ways it could be a measurement for people to change their thought patterns related to certain prejudice about several different situations.

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