"The implicit Association Test (IAT) is the most widely researched measure of unconscious prejudice" (Lilienfeld 532). There are many topics the IAT tests measures, from favorite sports teams to different political issues. The IAT captures 'the unconscious associations between concepts' by measuring how quickly a person can categorize words into their assorted groupings. The test often reveals associations that are different from individuals conscious beliefs. This is why IAT tests are deemed so useful and valid by some proponents in the textbook: Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding.
I completed one of the three "Money IATs" measuring good and bad associations with money vs. furniture. The IAT measured how I unconsciously felt towards money. For example in the test I took, even people who consciously associate money with negative words may nevertheless show an unconscious association of money with good words.
1.You tend not to find money tempting.
2.You are seldom jealous of the financial success of others.
3.To some extent you believe the world would be a better place if wealth were distributed more equally, but might be hesitant carelessly impose redistribution strategies
4.You believe that money occasionally exercises a corruptive influence upon people.
Therefore, my data suggests that I have little to no automatic preference between furniture and money! I completely agree with my results, I was slightly surprised at how well it captured my perspective on money. After taking the IAT test, I now do believe IAT tests are accurate and do measure our unconscious level of thinking on certain topics! Did anyone else take the IAT test? If yes, what is your opinion on it?