) Cultural Learning/Bias Challenge Project a. Participate in a computer-based assessment that is an examination of one’s biases. The assessment can be found online at: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/. When you get to the homepage, select “Go!” on the left side under “Project Implicit Social Attitudes” (select United States for your guest login option). Then

4) Cultural Learning/Bias Challenge Project

  1. Participate in a computer-based assessment that is an examination of one’s biases. The assessment can be found online at: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/. When you get to the homepage, select “Go!” on the left side under “Project Implicit Social Attitudes” (select United States for your guest login option). Then select “I wish to proceed” at the bottom of the next page. Select one IAT from the list that you think may reveal one of your biases and is related to ethnicity or race: Skin-tone, Asian, Arab-Muslim, Race, or Native. After taking a test and filling out a series of questions, you will get your results. Print your results page and turn it in with your assignment (i.e., go to “File” and select “Print” from the menu).


  1. Next, challenge your bias by immersing yourself in a cultural setting that will allow you to interact with members of a cultural group you identified in your assessment test OR a cultural group you would like to learn more about (e.g. African American church service, Asian American cultural event, Native American Pow Wow, Islamic Mosque service, etc.). If you are uncertain about the appropriateness of a particular setting or event, discuss your choice with the professor to ensure it will meet the project objectives.


  1. Set up one or more interviews with members of this cultural group so you can learn more about the culture. The interview questions are on Blackboard under the bias/cultural project tab. Each student must use the questions provided and NOT deviate from the guide. The responses to each interview question should be summarized in the paper. You do not have to type responses word for word. On the reference page of your assignment, provide the name(s) and phone number(s) for the person/people you interviewed.


Write a 3 page double-spaced report about: a) the bias assessment test, b) your experience in the cultural setting, and c) the interview(s). Use the grading rubric on Blackboard to ensure you address all the components of the project. In your paper, answer the following: what are your cultural biases and why do you have these biases? Why did you choose to take the test you did, and do you feel the test was accurate, why or why not?  How did you feel immersing yourself in an unfamiliar cultural setting? What did you learn about yourself from the assignment? What did you learn about the cultural group you met with? How will you continue to challenge your biases and/or learn about different cultural groups in the future?





You have completed the study.


Your result:

Your data suggest a slight automatic preference for Fat people over Thin people.


The sorting test you just took is called the Implicit Association Test (IAT). You categorized good and bad words with images of Fat people and Thin people.

Disclaimer:The results are not a definitive assessment of your implicit preference. The results may be influenced by variables related to the test (e.g., the category labels or particular items used to represent the categories on the IAT) or the person (e.g., how tired you are). The results are provided for educational purposes only.

How Does The IAT Work?

The IAT measures the strength of associations between concepts (e.g., Fat people and Thin people) and evaluations (e.g., good, bad). The main idea is that making a response is easier when closely related items share the same response key. We would say that one has an implicit preference for Thin people relative to Fat people if they are faster to categorize words when Thin people and Good share a response key relative to when Fat people and Good share a response key.

Why Should I Care About My IAT Score?

Implicit preferences can predict behavior. Implicit preferences are related to discrimination in hiring and promotion, medical treatment, and decisions related to criminal justice.

What Can I Do About an Implicit Preference That I Do Not Want?

Right now, there is not enough research to say for sure that implicit biases can be reduced, let alone eliminated. Packaged “diversity trainings” generally do not use evidence-based methods of reducing implicit biases. Therefore, we encourage people to instead focus on strategies that deny implicit biases the chance to operate, such as blind auditions and well-designed “structured” decision processes.

Other People’s Results

The summary of other people’s results shows that most people implicitly prefer thin people to fat people – i.e., they are faster sorting when good words and thin images go with the same key. Notably, about 40% of the people included in this graph report having no preference between the two weight categories


What About Order Effects?

One very common question is about the order of the parts of the IAT. The answer is yes, the order in which you take the test can influence your overall results. But, the effect is very small. So if you first pair fat people + bad and then pair fat people + good, your results might be just a tiny bit more negative than they would be if you had done the reverse pairing first. 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 fat people + bad and then fat people + good, and the other half of test-takers get the opposite order.

I Still Have Questions About The IAT

If you have questions about your IAT performance or score, please consult the links at the top of the page, where you will find answers to frequently asked questions, links to related research, and additional information about implicit associations. You may also email us with questions or comments.

Your Participation And Financial Support Are Important!

Thank you again for participating in this research! We have learned so much from people like you taking the time to be part of our work. If you have time, please consider taking another test by clicking the button below. As a non-profit organization, we would also appreciate your financial support. Since establishment in 2005, we have educated more than a million visitors each year about implicit biases concerning race, gender, sexual orientation, and other topics. Your donation supports Project Implicit’s educational, scientific, and public service missions. Click here to donate.

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