Developing the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP) as a Measure of Implicit Racial Bias
Power, Patricia M. (2010) Developing the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP) as a Measure of Implicit Racial Bias. PhD thesis, National University of Ireland Maynooth.
The aim of the current programme of research was to determine if the IRAP, a recently developed methodology for the assessment of implicit cognition, is a useful measure of implicit racial bias in the Irish context. Over the course of a series of experiments, the research refined the IRAP and examined its relationship with various alternative attitudinal indices, including self-report measures and measures of behavioural intentions. In addition, the fifth experiment explored the predictive validity of the IRAP using knowngroups, while Experiment 6 investigated the relationship between neural activity, measured with electroencephalograms, and IRAP responses. In the final experiment, the malleability of IRAP performances, as a result of acceptance and education-based interventions, was investigated. Overall, the research reported in the current thesis provides support for the reliability and validity of the IRAP and suggests that it is a relatively robust measure that could be used in subsequent research in the study of implicit racial bias.
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