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January 7, 2009

Test your (!) prejudices

Filed under: race relations — Nayano @ 7:55 am
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Nick Haslam writes a diatribe What’s wrong with Islamophobia against the idea that calling prejudices ‘phobias’, as in ‘Don’t like gays? – must be homophobic’; ‘Hate foreigners? Must be suffering from xenophobia’. Nick says that these prejudices are just that, and have nothing to do with ‘phobia’. (In an recent article, our state newspaper, the Adelaide Advertiser, intentionally or unintentionally induced phobic reactions to the young Sudanese in our city by publishing an article that implied that most, if not all knife violence is perpetrated by them)

He says that ‘prejudice towards gays, immigrants, asylum-seekers and Muslims is coloured by complex moral emotions, not simple fears’.

Do you want to test your own, complex, unconscious prejudices?
WARNING: you may be shocked by the results of these tests devised by Project Implicit of Harvard University.

They take no more than 10 minutes and are impossible to cheat. (But perhaps you are not racist, just nihilist?)

Share your results in the comments.
Guess mine!



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  4. Harvard should be more careful in pointing out that their ‘scores’ mean absolutely nothing the in the real world ( See Blanton and Jaccard 2005, 2006). A ‘strong’ or ‘moderate’ preference is just that, a preference, and there is no evidence that even strong scores make you ‘racist’;. People make this assumption despite the warnings on the site.

    Comment by Pete Jones — February 24, 2009 @ 6:50 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for your comment, Pete – and it’s a good point.
      I am about to have a look at Blanton and Jaccard 2005, 2006!
      I still think the test is worthwhile as a wakeup call’.

      Comment by nayano — February 25, 2009 @ 9:55 am | Reply

  5. Hart Blanton has the papers on his web site;


    I think that in the desire/rush to get data for their test Harvard have allowed it to become a ‘fairgeround attraction’. If you look at an article in the European Review of Social Psychology (2008, 19, 285-338) you will see that there are over 20 potential contaminants just in the way different people approach the test which this large scale testing cannot control for. So, when you get a result it should be taken with a large pinch of salt and remember that they are not saying you are racist. In fact research suggests that only a few % of people are strongly racist and about 20% have a more controlled racism which generally they manage and don’t consciously let impinge on others. And that is the rub (as Shakespeare said?), as almost half of people leave the Harvard site believing they are ‘racist’ when in fact that is a gross over estimation IMHO.

    Comment by Pete Jones — February 25, 2009 @ 7:20 pm | Reply

  6. Thanks for all the information, Pete.
    I haven’t had time to read it all yet – is that true that almost half the users leave the site ‘believing they are racist’?
    People I have spoken to who have done the test are often shocked by their results, but don’t say that therefore they are racist. Instead they have something profound to think about. But of course all that is just anecdotal.
    As I think that I have already said, (sorry if I am repeating myself): I think that all sorts of ‘ism’s are endemic, and most happen ‘under the radar’, and so I welcomed a means to at least become more self-aware.

    Comment by nayano — February 26, 2009 @ 7:07 am | Reply

  7. That is exactly right Nayano, but I monitor the web chat on the test and most people start the post with some expression that they have discovered they are racist.

    The bottom line is the test raises awarness and then people can think about what they might want to do about it? My concern is that the measurenet isn’t probably isn’t suitable to be used with 14 milion people (as it has been sunce 1998) if numbers are leaving thinking it says they are caists/sexist etc.

    Comment by Pete Jones — February 26, 2009 @ 7:22 am | Reply

  8. […] But wait – there is a simple test! Watch this video and you need never be in doubt again. (For another test see Test your (!) prejudices) […]

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