Critical Thinking

I completed an implicit association test measuring the associations of actions and attitudes with self and others

Based on the criteria of interpretation and analysis, the results indicate that my actions and attitudes are moderately influenced by my peers. The IAT results came as a surprise and up to now I believe that they were inaccurate mainly because I have always believed of myself as an independent minded citizen whose behavior least depends on the influence of others.

Implicit association refers to the cognitive relations between a person's mental representations of objects and concepts

The association test therefore refers to a tool used by psychologists and sociologists in the identification of associations in people's mental representations concerning life objects and concepts. After taking the IAT, the results enabled me to realize that my behavior, actions, and attitudes are to some extent influenced by the people in the discourse communities to which I belong. Though I did not fully agree with the results, the tool enabled me to undertake a self-evaluation exercise which enabled me to identify the extent to which my actions and attitudes are biased as a result of cognitive and non-cognitive association with my peers and the environment.

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As a result of implicit association, everyone belongs to a clearly defined association or discourse community with shared values, beliefs, and biases. Some of the shared beliefs and biases include implicit stereotypes to which the members may be unconscious. Implicit stereotypes refer to the unconscious attribution of a member to a certain social group and usually, the implicit stereotypes are used by the members of the discourse community as the predictor to discrimination which bases on the implicit biases and exhibited through shared behaviors. In conclusion, the implicit association test is thus applied in the study of human behavior in relation to personal prejudice and stereotyping.

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