Chapter 12 First Impression

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For this blog post, I chose to go with option one and take two different Implicit Association Tests (IATs). The first IAT I took was the “Age IAT.” During this test, I answered some demographic questions and other questions about my political and religious beliefs. These questions had no affect on my results. The main part of the test was categorizing words associated with “Bad” and “Good” and pictures of “Old” and “Young” people. This was what determined my results. I was supposed to press the “E” on my keyboard for a certain category and the “I” on my keyboard for the other category. They sometimes switched up which categories went with which key. My results said that I have the automatic preference of Young People to Old People. This was surprising to me because I consciously thought that I didn’t have a preference at all. I thought I preferred young people just the same as I preferred old people.

The second IAT test I took was the “Weight IAT.” During this test, I answered the same demographic questions as the first test I took. Again, these questions had no affect on my results. The main part of this test was similar to that of the first test. I categorized certain words associated with “Bad” and “Good” and also categorized silhouettes of people associate with “Fat” and “Thin.” This categorization process was what determined my results. Like the first test, I also used the “E” and “I” keys on my keyboard to categorize the words and silhouettes. My results said that I have a slight automatic preference for Thin people over Fat people. This was surprising to me for the same reason as the first test. I didn’t think I had a preference at all.

Both tests were intriguing and interesting to take. IATs can help college students become more aware of how they subconsciously prefer people. This helps them make sure they don’t come out as rude when talking to someone they subconsciously don’t prefer. Even though they might think they don’t mind the person, they will display cues that they dislike the person without realizing it.

Chapter 12 First Impression Post

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When thinking about the people I talk to on a daily basis, it’s mostly people of non-hispanic backgrounds. This isn’t because I don’t like them, it’s the matter of not having any in a close proximity to actually get to know and strike up a casual conversation.

The results kinda surprised me because I thought of myself as someone who can talk to about anyone no matter the place of origin. Granted the tests couldn’t be exactly accurate because I was rushing to complete them seeing they were the same tasks and I was losing patience and drive to complete the test. If I took my time with each of these I maybe would get a different result, but that will all depend if the tasks will change or stay the exact same.

I know I can go and talk to anyone as long as I find a mutual topic we both can discuss. Maybe I should take the time and go find someone new to talk to that may have a different outlook on the topics we have in common. Until then I’ll always be on the lookout for someone new to talk to.

First Impression Prompt: Chapter 12

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I chose option one.  This was interesting because I took the IAP tests.  I took the gender-science test and the race test.  While taking these tests you are required to look at different words or pictures that flash rapidly on the screen.  You are assigned a topic for two keys on the keyboard and must click that key if the word or image that pops up fits into that category.  This was very challenging because you are told to do this as rapidly as you can.  Because I was trying to do it so rapidly, I often made slight mistakes when it came to remembering which key was for which category.


I expected to receive different results than what I did, however, the results that I did receive were not that far off of how I expected I would do.  For example, in the race test, it said I had a moderate automatic response to African American and good compared to European American and good.  I expected these two responses to be equal.  What this really means is that I associated good words and thoughts more often with African American images than with European American images.  This was surprising because I never thought I would favor one race over the other at any point in time.  The results I got for gender-science was that I had a moderate automatic association for males with science over females with science.  This was not that surprising because I generally associate males with science more that I would with liberal arts.  I usually view females as being more liberal arts based.


These tests are beneficial for colleges and employment because it gives a insight to how people might respond to certain genders or races, depending on the situation that they are in.  This also allows for the college and employment an opportunity to provide workshops and resources to cut back on these stigmas.


Chapter 12 First Impression

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For this weeks first Impression post I decided to go with option two. This option had us go through and watch a video on cognitive dissonance. It was very interesting to see the way the subjects in the experiment acted towards the test. The person given twenty dollars to lie about the test told researchers afterward he didn’t like the test himself. But the person that was given only one dollar to lie about the test came back to researchers and said she actually enjoyed the test and would participate in more test. To my knowledge this has never happened to me. No mater what incentive I am given for something later on I won’t lie about my actual thoughts on it. I believe if I was pa]laced in that experiment and was given the one dollar incentive I would still say the test was dull and boring. I think this has the possibility to be a good thing. When people are motivated for less money certain things can coast less. A good example would be that researchers could save money on paying for test subjects if they need to. A downside to this is that people will lie about there actual experience with something. This is extremely important in research. If you test subjects are lying about how they feel about n experiment, you can’t get an accurate end statement.At that point your research will be pointless and will have no meaning. This is a very intreating concept to know of, I still find it hard to believe people will say they enjoy something more for less money.

Ch. 12 First Impression: Option 2

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I chose to write about the first option for chapter 12 and took two different Implicit Association Tests. First I took the Age Implicit Association Test, where I had to sort pictures and words into certain groups as fast as I could. There were also just a few questions asked about my opinions and beliefs. The test said it was ten minutes long, and at the end of the test I would receive a result along with a definition of what it means. The test started with asking questions about my age and my thoughts on old people versus young people and which I prefer. The questions also asked me what ages I thought a person changes from child to young adult, young adult to adult, and so on. The next part of the test involved looking at pictures and words while pressing the “E” or “I” keys. The first few rounds were looking at a series of pictures representing old people and negative words, and pictures of young people and positive words. I had to press “E” for old people pictures and negative words, and the “I” key for young face pictures and positive words. As the test progressed the keys switched roles and represented the opposite picture or term than before. During this test I felt as if I was taking a concussion test because it was measuring my accuracy along with my speed of hitting the keys. My result after the age test said that I have a slight automatic preference for young people over old people. These results were given because I was quicker responding to “young” people corresponding with “good”.
The next test I took referred to gender-career and also focused on pictures associating with words. The questions at the beginning of the test are mainly for adults because it refers to annual income and employment questions, which was hard to answer because I am still a student. The test continued with seven parts, each section had letter keys “E” and “I” the corresponded to different topics. The first section were comparing “family” words, which I had to press the “E” key when family words appeared and “Job” words required me pressing the “I” key. The next section was comparing the words “male” and “female” names. The next section involved words in the male and family category and when the words popped up I had to press the “E” key. When seeing words in a female and career category press the “I” key. As the test progressed the roles of the keys were opposite. My results showed that I moderately associate females with family and males with career. I received those results because I was faster with hitting the keys when males were associated with career than when female was associated with career. I never thought about whether males or females represent one category than the other.
I think IATs are helpful and interesting to help people realize what they may prefer without ever thinking about it. For college students or when in the career field, taking an IAT can give you the results you need to find what they actually prefer and where or who they may want to work.

Chapter 12: First Impression

--Original published at Isabella's Psychology Blog

When I took my response I did not feel that shocked by my results. Though I noticed that the results of the test were affected by the amount of time spent associating something correctly by pressing the designated keys. I found it difficult remembering which key meant what category and was slow in associating the different pictures in the middle of the screen. I didn’t really feel that it was reliable since it was obvious how the questions were going to be graded.

After I took two of the IAT tests and was curious if the test results can be faked. So I redid the IAT about weight and decided to try and get a significant preference for fat people over thin people. The first thing I did was skip over the personal questions so reduce the amount of false data I gave the website. Then I made sure to pause when associating thin people to good things and fat people with bad things. Then I went faster in clicking on associating bad thing to fat people of good things to thin people. I also made some purposefully wrong answer to make it look more like I automatically associate thin people to bad things and fat people to good things. After doing this my test answer was that I had a moderate preference for fat people over thin people. I was surprised by this since I thought that I did good in faking my results but I only got a moderate preference instead of the significant preference that I was trying to get. Though this still shows that the test can still be manipulated. I strongly believe that if I tried the test a few more times I could successfully manipulate the test.

Since the IAT can be manipulated this easily with just one try I feel that if college students of job candidates could manipulate the test as well. Considering that there are so many books and videos about job interviews, so I feel that books and videos would be made to manipulate IAT tests. For this reason, I feel that colleges and jobs should not use the IAT in their application processes.


Johari Window Bonus Blog Prompt

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I thought the Johari Window was an interesting assignment. I decided to send my link to my soccer team since we are together a lot and they would be able to see my personality better than anyone else. For the most part everyone that did my Johari Window picked at least one of the personality traits that I did as well, which didn’t surprise me too much because I like to think that I am a pretty readable person. As far as validity, I think that this could go either way. Since this is a face valid assessment it can be easy for one to select traits that would make them look good (or vice versa) that others may not agree with. Also, if someone does not like you they could select bad traits to make the individual look bad, or the opposite, people could just be putting nice things because they’re afraid to be honest since the owner of the window can see what they put. On the other side, I believe that this assessment can potentially be fairly valid if the right people take the window. If people are open and honest this assessment can be really eye opening to people and they can discover things about themselves that they did not know before. For me, some people selected traits such as cheerful, energetic, and brave, which are words that I would never think to describe myself as. I think it would be even more valid (and interesting) to see how the results would vary if it was a completely anonymous assessment.

Bonus Blog Prompt: Johari Window

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The Johari window gave me an outlet to really see how people view me. When I chose six traits I see in myself it was difficult, due to the fact that I do not see many good qualities in myself. For my 6 traits, I chose caring, giving, loving, mature, silly, and friendly. When comparing these six with the traits others had chosen for me, they chose five out of the six. The five they saw in me were caring, giving, loving, mature, and silly. The only one missing from their choices was friendly, which I would say, is wrapped in with the other five that they did choose. Also, there were 19 other traits that were chosen by friends and family that I did not choose in my initial six. What I learned from this process was that there are a lot more positive traits within me than I see in myself. While I may only see six does not mean that there are only five noticeable to others, in fact, there are 24 known to others. Even though there are many positives to this process, there are some issues with it. One example is the fact that you need to put in your name when you submit your responses. Even though you can put anonymous, if everyone else puts their name down, the person may be able to figure out who anonymous is. Also, there are not many options for traits that would be seen as “negative traits”. I believe that “negative” traits are just as important to learn as the “positive ones”. Overall, I really enjoyed this experience and learned that there are many other traits in me than I give myself credit for.


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Johari Window Reflection

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I really enjoyed doing the Johari Window. It was nice to see what people think about you. Personally I know that I struggle with self image and self-esteem so seeing everyones positive response was surprising. In addition, it was interesting to see how my self-self-preception varied from what others thought. I felt that this process was similar to that of the IAT test. Both tests compared one’s self perceptions and then gave you a realistic response based off of other responses.

The six words I chose to describe myself were accepting, caring, friendly, mature, observant, and organized. Only two these words, caring and mature, were chosen by other people. Words that other’s choose included: able, bold, calm, confident, depended, energetic, intelligent, kind, loving, silly, and sympathetic. These are all words I would not use to describe myself, but seeing that this is what other people thought was very heart-warming.

The people that I choose to complete the survey included parents, friends, and teammates. I feel that by doing this my results were fairly accurate. When doing a test such as this, it is important to chooses people who you show the “real” you. If someone you didn’t really know, filled out this assessment I feel like they really wouldn’t know what to put which would make the test inaccurate.

I feel like this test is fairly reliable as long as you pick people who you’re close with to fill it out otherwise it will be inaccurate. One issue I had with the test though was the words that were available. Most words basically said the same thing. If a wider range of words were added I feel that it would become even more effective in determining peoples personalities.

Chapter 12 First Impression Post

--Original published at Marlee's Psych 105 Blog

Going into taking the test I was unsure of what the expect. The Implicit Association Test was designed to measure the strength of peoples automatic association between mental representation of objects in memory. Once I opened the test I was instantly shown different tests that I could take. The different tests included topics such as age, religion, race, and sexuality. The first test I decided to take was the Race IAT. The next screen showed me a series of “good” and “bad” words and also pictures of white and black people. The next part of the test had you use the “E” and “I” keys to identify and match certain words. After completing the test you received your results. Mine were as I expected. Growing up I lived in an area where the white man was a minority. Out of my friends I was the only person not of color. So coming to Elizabeth town was somewhat of a culture shock to me. Hearing certain derogatory words upon my arrival to campus made me question if this was the right school for me. I was raised to believe everyone is equal no matter their color, beliefs, or sexuality.   My results reflected this upbringing quite clearly. For my second IAT I took the test relating to weight. Again the test showed me a series of good and bad words but this time a series of thin framed and heavier-set framed people. I again, needed to use the “E” and “I” keys to identify and make associations. I found my results of this IAT to be surprising. The results showed that I was partially biased to thin over heavy. Generally, I like to consider myself fairly open to all people. I tend to judge people based off of their personality rather than their appearance. Upon further reflection, I realize that most of the people I am surrounded with in my life have similar frames to me. Being a student athlete is very taxing on the body and requires a certain level of physical fitness. Having practice everyday and team meals everyday causes me to spend my time with my team and not other people. This could be what is causing my supposed bias toward the thinner frame.