Implicit Association Tests (“IAT”) are experimental and intended to measure the automatic association between mental concepts. In it’s experiment Harvard has designed several IAT’s which measure one’s automatic response to things such as Homosexuality, Race, Gender, Weapons, Weight, Disability and other such categories.
For example, I took the IAT to measure my automatic response as to whether I prefer heterosexual people or homosexual people. According to the results, I have a “moderate automatic preference for gay people.” This is proof I’m heterophobic; however, such bias is conditioned upon prior treatment by heterosexuals and safety concerns.
Perhaps not suprisingly I was in the minority 6% of people [as of today]. 28% of servey takers showed a strong automatic preference for heterosexuals , with 25% reporting a moderate automatic preference for heterosexuals. Overall 68% of those taking the IAT had slight to strong automatic preference for heterosexuals with 16% showing a slight to strong automatic preference for homosexuals. 17% indicated they had no automatic preference of either heterosexuals or homosexuals.
Next I’ll be taking the IAT regarding race to find out if I have an automatic preference toward one particular race.
The IAT takes approximately ten minutes and requires that you eliminate distractions as results are largely based upon response time. To take the test, please visit Project Implicit’s website. I encourage you to share your experience with me either via the comments or by way of the contact page.