Title

College Students and Implicit Bias Tests

Poster Number

19B

Lead Author Major

Psychology

Lead Author Status

Sophomore

Second Author Major

Psychology

Second Author Status

Sophomore

Format

Poster Presentation

Faculty Mentor Name

Zsolt Palatinus

Faculty Mentor Email

zpalatinus@pacific.edu

Faculty Mentor Department

Psychology

Graduate Student Mentor Name

Amanda Brown

Graduate Student Mentor Email

a_brown33@u.pacific.edu

Graduate Student Mentor Department

Psychology

Abstract/Artist Statement

Implicit bias is an important concept in society as it relates to how we treat or perceive others. Implicit bias is when there is an unconscious bias towards someone or something for a certain reason. This is important for a person to be aware of so that they can work towards treat or acknowledging things fairly. It is possible for cognitive dissonance to interfere with a person’s awareness due to the lack of exposure to implicit bias. The purpose of this study was to examine college students’ responses towards being told whether they have an implicit bias or not in order to show if there is a cognitive dissonance or not. Participants took a survey that seemed like an implicit bias test and received results about whether they have an implicit bias or not randomly. After they received this “result”, they then took a response survey to evaluate their emotional responses towards the result. Afterwards, participants were given a debriefing form to inform them that the result they received was not an official result and was not accurate in anyway at all. Data is ongoing and will be presented via poster.

Keywords: implicit bias, college students, deception, implicit bias tests

Location

DeRosa University Center, Ballroom

Start Date

29-4-2017 10:00 AM

End Date

29-4-2017 12:00 PM

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Apr 29th, 10:00 AM Apr 29th, 12:00 PM

College Students and Implicit Bias Tests

DeRosa University Center, Ballroom

Implicit bias is an important concept in society as it relates to how we treat or perceive others. Implicit bias is when there is an unconscious bias towards someone or something for a certain reason. This is important for a person to be aware of so that they can work towards treat or acknowledging things fairly. It is possible for cognitive dissonance to interfere with a person’s awareness due to the lack of exposure to implicit bias. The purpose of this study was to examine college students’ responses towards being told whether they have an implicit bias or not in order to show if there is a cognitive dissonance or not. Participants took a survey that seemed like an implicit bias test and received results about whether they have an implicit bias or not randomly. After they received this “result”, they then took a response survey to evaluate their emotional responses towards the result. Afterwards, participants were given a debriefing form to inform them that the result they received was not an official result and was not accurate in anyway at all. Data is ongoing and will be presented via poster.

Keywords: implicit bias, college students, deception, implicit bias tests