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Day 17: 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge

Welcome to Day 17.  Missing something?  Go here to start Day 1 and here for yesterday

Watch this short TEDxSanAntonio talk by Denise Hernandez.  Are you interested in where you score with implicit bias? You can take the test here

Does any of this surprise you?  Are you aware of any of your bias?  Do you agree that understanding our own bias can heal our communities or do you think it divides us more?  

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I also did the gender-careers

I also did the gender-careers test. It showed a moderate association of science/female and liberal arts/male.

Honestly, I think there is one major flaw with these tests. That is that the format is so unfamiliar and a little awkward that you can't help but do better with practice. So whichever portion is given last is the one you are likely to do best on. I wonder if they randomize the sections to account for that.

Interesting finding

I contacted the researchers who created and administer these tests and they responded back to me.

Me: I took two of your IAT tests and think I identified a shortcoming of the testing methodology which may or may not have been accounted for. The format and presentation of the test is awkward and unfamiliar (at least to me) so I feel like I got better at answering both more quickly and more accurately with time and practice. That means that I automatically did better on whichever section was given last. I wonder if this is the norm and/or if you’ve accounted for it by randomizing the sections.

Reply: Thank you for your participation and interest! This is a very common question or concern. The blocks are indeed random. Interestingly, people who first do a Clinton + good pairing (for example), often believe that their results are because they learned the original pairing, and then we asked them to switch. Similarly, people who first do a Clinton + bad pairing often believe that their results are because they didn’t have sufficient time to learn the original pairing. In other words, lots of people believe that the order matters for their result, no matter which order they get! One way that we try to minimize this order effect is by giving more practice trials before the second pairing than we did before the first pairing. It is also important to know that each participant is randomly assigned to an order, so half of test-takers complete gay people + bad and then gay people + good, and the other half of test-takers get the opposite order (for whatever particular test you have taken).

Thank you again for your interest!

Kind regards,

Christine Vitiello, M.S.

Bias Test for Muslim Arabs

I decided given everything to take the Bias test for Muslim Arabs. It was interesting because I struggled most with the names of knowing which was an Arab name and which was an "Other" name. I think that is actually an indication of my privilege that I do not know anything but white American names and the rest are not that relevant so I do not know them OR I could look at it as I do not have much exposure to other names. Why not? I do not live in a very diverse world so that is definitely part of it.

I scored equally that I have no preference but the name thing really stuck out to me. Anyone else take a test and how did it go?

Based on your comment, I too

Based on your comment, I too tried the Muslim Arab test first. I only confused one of the names so I guess maybe I've had more exposure to other cultures than I fully realized. (Or perhaps there's another explanation.) In the end, it came back that I exhibit a moderate preference in favor of Arab Muslims. The explanation was careful to say that was based on the speed and accuracy of my responses to the test part and not to my answers in the self-assessment or demographic parts. Valid? I have no idea but certainly interesting.

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