A while back Crabby took a test and discovered something unexpected and malignant hidden within her brain. Don't worry; it wasn't a tumor! This was not a medical test.
However, it was very, very creepy.
Crabby discovered a shocking Unconscious Prejudice of which she was completely unaware!
If you can spare a few minutes, you might want to find out if you have a similar affliction. (It's not a really quick test, and there are a number of things you have to click to get going, but it's worth persevering.) Crabby is hoping at least a few of you will go to this website and give one of these a try--then you can please tell her why the whole concept behind the tests is completely flawed and the results don't mean anything at all. Because unfortunately, from what Crabby could tell it all looked pretty legitimate. Perhaps they mean some other "Harvard University?" There's got to be more than one, right?
Anyway, for those of you who don't have the time or patience for these things, here's the deal:
You can choose among a variety of subjects to test your unconscious biases--there are tests on race and age and weight, etc.
You then answer a bunch of questions that measure your conscious attitudes toward your chosen subject.
Then you take the test! You have to make quick determinations about things--too quick to allow your conscious mind be entirely in charge of the process.
Then you find out your results.
The good news is, not everyone harbors terrible unconscious biases! The bad news: a lot of us who do are completely unaware of it.
Check this out: Crabby is (ulp) homophobic. Just try explaining this to the Lobster! This was NOT the result she expected.
She needs some of you smarty-pants scientists to help her out here. This can not be right!
Because if THAT unlikely bit of nastiness could be residing in her brain, leaving no conscious trace, what the hell else could be down there?
Even if you don't feel like taking one of the tests, Crabby is very curious as to whether you all feel you might harbor unconscious attitudes that are in contradiction to what you Actually Think about things. Ever been surprised at yourself? At other people you know?