Generative Music - Implicit Association Test
Recently, I watched this TED talk. How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them
The talk is about we have the unconscious defaults for certain job. position, social status. The speaker recommended the implicit association test by Havard (it is funny that I stress the authority of Havard for this subject.) and did two implicit tests.
1. Asian IAT
The test is consist of 7 steps. It trains you to press E, I with certain categories. For example, press E with European Americans and I with Asian Americans. Then it trains you to associate famous architectures in the world and faces at the same time. I needed to press E for foreign architecture and European American faces, or on the other way. It tells you if you pressed the wrong button, but detects how long it took to finish one step, or how many times you pressed the wrong button.
The result was interesting, cuz I knew that I have very, very strong association with European Americans than Asian Americans being grown up with Hollywood movies, but somehow they say I have strong association towards Asian Americans!
In this case, I might actually be associated with Asians than Europeans, or this test didn't work for me because all architecture photos they have shown me was all 'foreign' to me. They couldn't bring up my instinct reaction with the photos.
2. Weight IAT
I did one more test, which reveals the association between negativity and body shape. South Korea is notorious for lookism...so it would be apparent that I have very strong association even though my family members are not in shape at all.
One interest part was the association tendency of body shape was much stronger than Asian racial implicit association. Considering the test is mostly done by North Americans (and the USA is not famous for public health issues such as diabetes or obesity,) people are not generous for overweight people than people with different skin tone and face structure. I just assumed that it is for the reason of prejudice that body shape could be self-disciplined or controlled.