Profs Receive Major Award For Creating Test That Gauges Racism


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The professors who created the “implicit bias test” featured at many colleges received a major science award, according to a Tuesday report.

The American Psychological Association (APA) presented Harvard professor Mahzarin R. Banaji and University of Washington professor Anthony G. Greenwald with the APA Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions for the professors’ Implicit Association Test, reported Campus Reform.

Individuals who take the Implicit Association Test can apparently discover whether they hold preferences for people based on race, size, age, sexuality, etc.

“Awards for scientific work are not measures of quality of the work—they are more indicators of acceptance within the profession,” Greenwald told Campus Reform. “Banaji and I are fortunate that our work has received this approval. We are grateful. But not all of the attention that our work has received has been favorable.”

“Also, we know that awards for our work are not the equivalent of establishing the scientific validity of our work,” he continued. “This explains why we continue to conduct research to convince ourselves of the validity of our theories.”

The APA describes itself as “the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States” with more than 100,000 members from research, education, consulting, and clinical backgrounds.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to the APA for comment, but received none in time for press.


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