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Kweli4,

Sure, I'd be glad to. Thanks for asking about it.

The test is called the Implicit Association Test, it was conducted in 1998, and it is attributed to scientists named A.G. Greenwald, D.E. McGhee, and J.K.L. Schwartz, the devolopers of the test.

It is I believe generally acknowledged that this IAT, while attempting to quantify attitudes that are truly implicit, did not, and that was the point of my post. This test did not control for environmental factors (I'm not sure how it could, actually), and therefore what it tested was attitudes that we have come to have, that we have gained from our environment. However, that is just as imortant a finding as any that they might have set out to gather.

The most interesting (to me) finding of the test was that in that test we reacted to each other in fear more than we did to other racial or ethnic groups. The test could not conclude from that, but I'm sure that it doesn't take a genius to figure out why that might be.

Anyway, I'll bet that there are websites and books that you can peruse to find out more about the test.

Good luck.
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