When it comes to the way that we interact with one another there are virtually thousands of connotations that we do not even realize when we talk to one another. That being said, a study like project implicit is groundbreaking. This new study that has been published and launched online by Harvard is something that everyone should take a look at.
First off, it is helpful to know what the title of the project really means. What does implicit mean? Implicit is a derivation of the word imply or implication. This means to imply or hint at something without coming right out and saying it. In regards to this study, implicit means the social norms, actions, and things that we say to one another without realizing what we are actually doing.
This means in fact that the study looks in depth at the thoughts and feelings that exist outside of the conscious awareness and how they work to make us do or not do the things we do each day. This project helps us to better understand the unconscious mind and just how much of our mind is actually at work each time that we interact socially with one another.
What is the Focus of Harvard Project Implicit?
This project was founded in 1998 as a joint effort between several universities and scientists. The scientists that founded the project are Tony Greenwald from University of Washington, Mahzarin Banaji of Harvard University, and Brian Nosek of University of Virginia. These three men came together and the project was incorporated as a non profit in 2001 to help disseminate the ideas and information that was being collected through the project. Eventually, the project went online and helped to expand so that people around the globe can come online and really see what the project is all about.
The project works to focus on implicit bias and how to work around it. The project works to help consult, educate, and train on implicit bias and how to deal with it when it occurs. The project works through diversity and inclusion, leadership, and even applying science to practice and innovation.
What is Implicit Bias?
The next thing that anyone seeking to understand project implicit needs to address is just what implicit bias really is. If we first look at the individual words of the term we can create a basic definition that is suitable for the purpose. Implicit, as we have already discussed, is anything that is hinted at. In this case, it can be something that another person is hinting to you, something that you pick up through the media and through social interaction, and even something that you picked up through your own beliefs.
Looking now at bias, the proper definition of bias is a decided favoring of one or the other. This can mean deciding to choose one person over another because they have the same hair color as you or they went to the same school. This type of thinking is far more common than you might imagine. In many cases, bias is so deeply ingrained that we do not realize that it is occurring until it is already too late and it has happened.
Combining the two to form our definition, implicit bias is any hinted at or implied bias that a person experiences or participates in. This means any type of bias that is not out right stated but that is in fact occurring. Often, this type of bias is not something that you realize is happening which makes it a part of the unconscious mind. This type of bias is far more common than you might imagine and is often the main type of bias that people deal with on a daily basis.
How Is Information Collected?
First and foremost the bulk of the information for this project is collected through the internet portal that has been created for the project. People that are not specifically recruited can take part in the project through a series of questions and quizzes that help researchers collect information for the project. This is easy to do and can even be fun in some instances.
There are other methods of collection as well with researchers conducting in person studies, collecting information from other universities, and more. There are tons of different methods of data collection that leads to a very diverse grouping of statistics making for a very thorough representation of what the group is studying.
How is the Data Used?
Currently, the most useful way to utilize the data being collected is to of course create in depth studies that compare the information that has been collected against what already exists. This helps researchers create in depth charts, graphs, and papers that help to discuss and truly utilize the data that has been collected. This is a very helpful method that allows researchers to use what they already have on hand as well as the new information that is being collected every day.
Anyone can be part of the project making it very easy for researchers to create in depth informative papers that compare what they are collecting each and every day. Researchers can also use the information they are collecting to help determine what is truly happening and how implicit bias spreads through the world. Overall, this is a great social experiment that helps researchers really see what state the world is in quickly and easily.
How Can I Participate?
The easiest way to participate is to head over to projectimplicit.net and take a simple series of tests that will be entered into the data base. The information you provide helps researchers see what differing demographics feel, think, and see when they interact and can provide valuable information that will help he study progress. Participation is free and easy and can even be fun if you take the time to really look at what you are being asked to do and take it seriously and try.
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