IAT Blues

In recent years, a series of studies have led to significant concerns about the IAT’s reliability and validity. These findings, raising basic scientific questions about what the test actually does, can explain why trainings based on the IAT have failed to change discriminatory behavior.

Olivia Goldhill

Read The World is Relying on a Flawed Psychological Test to Fight Racism in Quartz.

I have a dismal opinion of science journalism, but Olivia Goldhill’s article is fair and well-reasoned. Anyone with an interest in implicit bias–regardless of what letters come after their name–should take it seriously. It’s the kind of article that would never be published in an academic journal, but it’s good that it’s published somewhere. I’m disappointed that IAT researcher Anthony Greenwald discouraged the author from writing the article. -Ben

About the Author

Ben Butina, Ph.D.
Dr. Butina, who hosts the Department 12 Podcast, is an industrial-organizational psychologist with interests in training, leadership development, talent management, and positive psychology in the workplace.

2 Comments on "IAT Blues"

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