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The Implicit Association Test for Conscientiousness: An indirect method of measuring personality

by Anderson, Ryan D.

Abstract (Summary)
The self-report method is commonly cited as a limitation in the personality literature. Therefore, this thesis was conducted to determine whether an Implicit Association Test (IAT) might serve as an alternative measure of conscientiousness; thus providing researchers with an additional measure to complement existing measures and to also provide a more intricate understanding of the personality construct. Similarly, this investigation was designed to extend the potential scope of the IAT, from predominantly attitude research, to the domain of personality; and to provide some clarification on conflicting studies that have incorporated the IAT as a measure of conscientiousness. An IAT was created to assess the relative strength of associations related to the self (vs. other) with conscientiousness adjectives (positive vs. negative). The aim of this thesis was to determine whether the IAT would relate to previously validated indicators of conscientiousness (i.e., self-report, academic motivation, a behavioral measure of attention, and several objective indicators of academic success). The results for the IAT were nonsignificant for all hypotheses. Further analysis, revealed several outliers and violations of normality, however, these problems did not contribute to the lack of findings. Therefore, the discussion section suggests several potential problems with the current investigation and offers several suggestions for future research.
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School:Bowling Green State University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:iat implicit associtation test personality

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Date of Publication:06/19/2009

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