are you a fattist?

Posted on June 8, 2007


Fat Thin IAT group profileThis, my friends, is the most fascinating site on the entire Interwebs; at least, it is if you’re as self-centred as I am! It is a site from Harvard absolutely bursting with psych test goodness. These tests, all built along more or less similar lines, are cleverly designed to suss out the prejudices you never knew you had, without dipping into drippy PC-ism. It’s all too easy for a psych test addict like me to spend all day clicking through these moderately entertaining quickies; everyone loves a good quiz because it’s all about them!

Today I’d like to showcase what I’ll call the Fattist test. It determines whether you have a bias favouring people who are thin over those who are fat, or vice versa. It takes about ten minutes to go through and is itself in no way stressful: it’s a little like watching the doctor test your reflexes, interesting in a detached and banal way, only for your character. Here are my results, and let me say that with all the mainstream media I read every day, I’m a little shocked I wasn’t more of a Fattist, but then I don’t have tv so I’ve never watched Project Runway.

Below is the interpretation of your IAT performance, followed by questions about what you think it means. The next page explains the task and has more information such as a summary of what most people show on this IAT.
Your Result
Your data suggest little to no automatic preference between Thin People and Fat People
The interpretation is described as ‘automatic preference for Thin People’ if you responded faster when Thin faces and Good words were classified with the same key than when Fat faces and Good words were classified with the same key. Depending on the magnitude of your result, your automatic preference may be described as ‘slight’, ‘moderate’, ‘strong’, or ‘little to no preference’. Alternatively, you may have received feedback that ‘there were too many errors to determine a result’.

Click here to take the test. As per standard operating procedure, we encourage you to share the results on your blog (tagged Benchmark and password-protected if you like), along with your feelings about those results. Some things surprise us but reveal interesting truths; some surprise us and reveal serious flaws in the study methodology, and it takes conscious thought to figure out the difference.

Don’t you owe it to yourself to get to know you better?

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