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Presidential Candidates association test

Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 2:58 pm
by First Chairman
One of the websites that is very interesting to me is the Implicit Associations website at Harvard. They have online "tests" to reveal subconscious biases we have individually.

They have a new implicit associations test on the Presidential Candidates. Take it and see which candidates you have implicitly a more positive association compared to the others.

Re: Presidential Candidates association test

Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 4:09 pm
by ValenciaQBowl
Man, that was baffling--I quit halfway through, as I couldn't figure out what I was meant to do when the words "Hillary or Good" appear above a photo of her; you can hit "yes" or "no," but apparently there are correct answers to be given, as it will give you a red 'x' until you hit the other. I'm sure I just didn't read the instructions well enough and/or I'm too dumb for Harvard-based tests.

Re: Presidential Candidates association test

Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 4:16 pm
by jhn31
The directions are different each round.

I ended up with pretty much what I expected...Hillary and Obama high, with Hillary a little higher, and McCain low.

Re: Presidential Candidates association test

Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 4:24 pm
by AKKOLADE
I have every single candidate exactly in the middle. :yay: :yay: :yay:

Re: Presidential Candidates association test

Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 5:03 pm
by The Atom Strikes!
I indicated a moderate-high perspective on Obama, right in the middle for McCain, and moderate-low for Hillary.

Re: Presidential Candidates association test

Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 6:40 pm
by First Chairman
ValenciaQBowl wrote:Man, that was baffling--I quit halfway through, as I couldn't figure out what I was meant to do when the words "Hillary or Good" appear above a photo of her; you can hit "yes" or "no," but apparently there are correct answers to be given, as it will give you a red 'x' until you hit the other. I'm sure I just didn't read the instructions well enough and/or I'm too dumb for Harvard-based tests.
Yeah... the directions may be a bit confusing but here's what you have to do. You have to hit "Yes" or "No" if you see a picture or a word that is associated with EITHER the given Presidential candidate OR the word GOOD. So if you see "Evil" you hit "no"... or if the Presidential Candidate is Hillary but you see a picture of Obama, you hit "no." But if you see a picture of Hillary, you hit "yes."

For me, it's interesting... from high to low, I had Hillary, Barack, then McCain... which is reverse of what I thought I regarded for the candidates.

Re: Presidential Candidates association test

Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 6:49 pm
by ValenciaQBowl
Thanks, Tom--that clarifies it better than the instructions did. But I think I'll just go on working for Obama for what I think are conscious reasons and not sweat the unconscious.

Re: Presidential Candidates association test

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 1:03 am
by cornfused
I tried the Bush-Roosevelt one and found that I apparently prefer Bush to FDR pretty strongly.

This is news to me.

Re: Presidential Candidates association test

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 2:59 am
by JohnAndSlation
Surprisingly, Hilary over Barack...Not surprisingly, both over McCain.

Re: Presidential Candidates association test

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 3:12 am
by NoahMinkCHS
It looks like they tried to do two "good" pics and two "bad" pics of each candidate, but I gotta say, one of the Obama pics was just awful -- it was really grainy and he looked homeless or something. That was just reflex for me to hit the bad key, even on the "Obama=Good" task.

Then again, he's not my preferred candidate anyway, so my results were likely not due to that. But picture selection is not insignificant.

Re: Presidential Candidates association test

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 7:37 am
by First Chairman
That's also part of the test... the way the portraits capture the candidates plays a role in your perceptions of them.

Re: Presidential Candidates association test

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:26 am
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
This is stupid.

Re: Presidential Candidates association test

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:42 am
by The Goffman Prophecies
leftsaidfred wrote:I have every single candidate exactly in the middle. :yay: :yay: :yay:
Same here.

Re: Presidential Candidates association test

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:11 am
by Auks Ran Ova
Deesy Does It wrote:This is stupid.

Re: Presidential Candidates association test

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:22 am
by quizbowllee
Exactly as I expected: Obama over Clinton over McCain.

Re: Presidential Candidates association test

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 12:02 pm
by Howard
I went through this test and the Asian American test. I thought the Asian American test picked up my biases rather well, but not as much on the candidate test. Each of Barack, Hillary, and McCain placed where I thought they would, but I couldn't help feeling that my errors were mostly random rather than how I felt toward any one particular candidate. It makes me really curious about the raw data.

Re: Presidential Candidates association test

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 12:16 pm
by First Chairman
Yes, the other tests are rather interesting. I am interested in how the candidates test differs from the general sociological tests they offer to the general public. Somehow it appears that the biases are much less pronounced with this year's Presidential candidates though one can still have demographic biases... but that's just based on my own observations.