Implicit assumptions: A case study on the IAT controversy
In recent years, the implicit association test (IAT) has come under increasing scrutiny regarding its predictive validity. This thesis discusses possible shortcomings in the scientific process surrounding the IAT controversy from logical, methodological and sociological perspectives. First, a discussion of the current state of the controversy is given, after which the three perspectives are used to introduce several critiques of the IAT controversy. Four causes are identified: 1.) the lack of a supporting model for the IAT, 2.) the unsupported abduction of the IAT's creators to the current interpretation of the IAT, 3.) the influence of the implicit social cognition research program and 4.) a blind spot of social psychologists for underlying mechanisms.
Faculteit der Filosofie, Theologie en Religiewetenschappen