I found the Implicit Associations Test to be extremely frustrating. It was aggravating knowing which letter I was supposed to press and actually getting my fingers to press the correct letter. I found myself yelling at the computer and at myself when I would press the wrong letter. I also had a hard time remembering what categories corresponded with “e” or “i” and there were times I didn’t mean to press a button but my fingers did it for me. It made me feel somewhat helpless. I couldn’t control how I answered the questions even though I really do not dislike black people.
I found it somewhat comforting to watch the youtube clips about the creators of the IAT and how even after they created the tests and have made it their life’s work to not be racist or not be sexist, they both still scored moderate or high on racism and sexism. I think that the videos prove that even if we make implicit associations, we can still actively go against those implicit associations in our everyday interactions.