Implicit Association Experiment is a test to see how you associate different things (like black or white people) with good or bad, pain or joy, etc.

“Analyses of tens of thousands of tests found 88 percent of white people had a pro-white or anti-black implicit bias; nearly 83 percent of heterosexuals showed implicit biases for straight people over gays and lesbians

biases for Christians over Jews, the rich over the poor, and men’s careers over women’s careers.

The results contrasted sharply with what most people said about themselves — that they had no biases. The tests also revealed another unsettling truth: Minorities internalized the same biases as majority groups. Some 48 percent of blacks showed a pro-white or anti-black bias; 36 percent of Arab Muslims showed an anti-Muslim bias; and 38 percent of gays and lesbians showed a bias for straight people over homosexuals.

The source

You can take the test here

I think the most important result is

“The results contrasted sharply with what most people said about themselves — that they had no biases.”

So ene wendimachihu took the test and its been found that I associate black with bad and white with good. The system didn’t give me any figure to explain how close I am to being unbiased. I have planned to take it again sometime later, just to make sure.

Do you think the experiment is sound? Why?


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. tibebeantonios
    Jul 01, 2007 @ 14:57:42

    meaningful sayings indeed.


  2. getere
    Jun 30, 2007 @ 13:16:37

    n prejudice

    We are each burdened with prejudice; against the poor or the rich, the smart or the slow, the gaunt or the obese. It is natural to develop prejudices. It is noble to rise above them.

    ~Author Unknown

    Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices – just recognize them.

    ~Edward Roscoe Murrow, 31 December 1955

    O Lord, help me not to despise or oppose what I do not understand.

    ~William Penn


  3. getere
    Jun 28, 2007 @ 23:42:13

    man. i like your comments. tibe what you mentioned, thinking about them as an atom or molecule. its a very strong point. i mean take a baby. if you follow the growth of the baby, you’ll completely understand how that person has become what he is now. the best example is movies, where the mafias become the ‘good people’. it shows you how they think and why they do the things they do. it becomes hard to separate which one is a result of external influence and which one is done by the person’s choice. it becomes even questionable if we are able to choose or are we just deterministic beings whose fate has already been determined by external influences…..

    senai: the example about cultures, iz a perfect example.

    the link is not working for me either. i’ll keep trying.


  4. Senai
    Jun 28, 2007 @ 15:37:10

    same here. May be it is better to google it.


  5. tibebe
    Jun 28, 2007 @ 14:39:37

    i could not take the test:the link leads to an inactive thing .


  6. Senai
    Jun 27, 2007 @ 03:19:15

    Looking everybody individually would be nice. But, I agree more with tilaye —- prejudice and learning kind of goes together.

    Let’s say you treat everybody as if he/she is completely unique. Then, that would undermine the cultural background of that person which is somehow related to his or her personality. For example some cultures are more open to strangers while others are reluctant to welcome. Therefore, a person attitude towards a stranger can be well affected based on his background. So, I think it might be ok to generalize some common characters in a given society.

    But, don’t get me wrong. Radical generalization, like Asians are smart, African Americans are violent, French are lovers (don’t forget that French kiss…lol), white Americans are humble, Americans are materialistic, Mexicans are dumb are completely ridiculous and racist. That is why knowing one to one is equally important.


  7. tibebe
    Jun 24, 2007 @ 17:16:04

    i think it is wrong to compare a population with a table. it would be near impossible to conclude that the same reaction can be expected from the more than six biliion sides.

    instead of generalizing,how about:

    -trying to get to know someone as a different person ,an individual,an entitiy, a molecule ,an atom……

    -ignoring what the world teaches us about them

    -even if the person turns out to be what the “data” says they are ,abstaining from generalization. by such abstainance we would be able to get to know one person at a time; and you know one to one =safe

    – starting from a clean slate everytime

    if we could do that would not that be great?!

    an example of generalization

    “enante wuch hager yalachihu lijoch kager sitwetu were tabezalachihu.”

    response from the audience

    “there goes his comp; german embi silalut ……”

    blah blah blah and i am done.get off of me!

    you perverts!i know what you are thinking. i was talking to the laptop.


  8. tilaye
    Jun 22, 2007 @ 13:19:56

    one more thing tibe there is a thin line b/n prejudice and learning. example:
    what is D? if you say DDDD i could call that being too quick to judge and tell you the answer is GGGG! strictly speaking, the only thing we can say based on the above information is
    and nothing more. but this isn’t very helpful is it? if we are going to be able to learn from previous experience, which is cruicial to our existence, then we should be able to generalize things. we can’t see experience all the cases there are in the whole world. for example, if you push a glass of the edge of a table, it would fall. but you have to realize that wherever the four edges you push it from, it is still going to fall 😀 so being too quick to judge, prejudice, learning from experience, …these things are hard to separate.


  9. tilaye
    Jun 22, 2007 @ 12:57:25

    same here. i think we all show some prejudice. but i didn’t think i have it in black/white too. if the experiment is right that is….

    don’t you sometimes think about the bad things you could have done/said and find it so relieving that you didn’t.

    ya sometimes you have one sweet thought and it disappears. i sometimes i have to re-do all the thinking again to reach at that moment. like: “i walked into the room, i sat on the table, then i saw that guy, oh! then i saw his bag and his bag reminded me of that and that led to my happy thought” 😀


  10. tibebe
    Jun 21, 2007 @ 12:58:40

    as i was saying earlier i am as biased as they come;may be even more.

    so what am i doing to rid myself of this biases? may be i can’t. but the key is preventing the evil from getting past the first stage i.e. thinking. i try to bring a change in my mentality and hope my vices do not get out of my head before i do. this does not mean that my biases have never been interpreted into words and action.

    but carrying those prejudices around inside my head is not an easy task .i often find myself thinking ill of a person in the vicinity; immediately i wonder what if he/she could read my mind and i say in my head “i am not that type of person”, “i do not think that way”. you know , try to neutralize the bad thoughts. i know it sounds weird.

    on a different topic,do you ever find yourself thinking of a happy thought and all of a sudden you lose it.and you try to remember that thing that made you happy?

    i will take the test and see what comes of it.


  11. tibebe
    Jun 21, 2007 @ 09:33:04

    i have not taken the test yet .but i have a confession to make.

    i have so many biases and i am ashamed to admit it.what kind ? race ,tribe ,religion,economical background,educational background, looks, and what not.

    got to go to have lunch

    write ya later


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