Assignment: Speak directly to your unconscious. Try to change yourself or try to change other people. What should change about yourself or other people and how should you decide what to change.
In addition to the audiovisual experiment, this week I decided to take the Implicit Association Tests – https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html
I took three tests in the order presented below. I found the results to be accurate if I had to ask myself about my preference. However, if people had asked me I would have conformed to the ideal belief of equality and ‘no judgement’ values I wish to present.
- Asian American (‘Asian – European American’ IAT). This IAT requires the ability to recognize White and Asian-American faces, and images of places that are either American or Foreign in origin.Although a lot of my close friends are Asian Americans, I have no preference over people’s nationalities.
- Sexuality (‘Gay – Straight’ IAT). This IAT requires the ability to distinguish words and symbols representing gay and straight people. It often reveals an automatic preference for straight relative to gay people.I’m very neutral about people’s sexuality and do not believe people’s values are different at all.
- Weight (‘Fat – Thin’ IAT). This IAT requires the ability to distinguish faces of people who are obese and people who are thin. It often reveals an automatic preference for thin people relative to fat people.
I relatively prefer thin people as (for whatever reason) I find them more attractive – perhaps it presents a sense of control over their lifestyle.
Going forward I wish to be more aware of myself and to stop myself from pre-judging others. I wonder if we can use the same technology to ‘equalise’ people as well i.e. to form associations which help people become less biased in a positive / negative way.