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Psychology’s favourite tool for measuring implicit bias is still mired in controversy

06 December 2018

It has been a long and bumpy road for the implicit association test (IAT).

This is the reaction-time-based psychological instrument whose co-creators, Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald — among others in their orbit — claimed measures test-takers’ levels of unconscious social biases and their propensity to act in a biased and discriminatory manner, be that via racism, sexism, ageism, or some other category, depending on the context.

The test’s advocates claimed this was a revelatory development, not least because the IAT supposedly measures aspects of an individual’s bias even beyond what that individual was consciously aware of themselves.

Read more in a new post by guest blogger Jesse Singal on our Research Digest blog.


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