Implicit Association Tests.
A small group of psychology professors offer a fascinating vanity excercise called the Implicit Association Tests, whereby the participant is tested for preferences of certain demographic groups over others by testing how they associate each with descriptive words and terms.
The Implicit Association Tests.
Slight preference for blacks over whites.
Slight automatic preference for dark skin over light skin.
Moderate automatic preference for thin people over fat people.
Strong automatic preference for other people over Arab-Muslims.
Your data suggest little or no association between European American and African American with Harmless Objects and Weapons.
Interesting considering about 85-90% of my friends are non-black, but when it comes to love interests I tend to stay black (although I am pretty much down for whatever :) and have been all over the map.)
The last one isn't so suprising because I am PRO GUN PRO GUN PRO GUN so I do not associate weapons with negative concepts, and therefore cannot choose one group to connect negatively with weapons.
Part of the evaluation algorythms, I am sure, has to do with the timing of the choices you make. Someone who is nervous about what he will pick will move slower when asked to take part of the test that mixes the words and the images or names than someone who has no hang-ups about the subject at hand. Very interesting stuff, to say the least.
There are some people I know - a lot of people - that I think should take these tests because they would be embarrassed at their results. THAT MEANS YOU!