Uncharted Territory: Researching the Effect of Implicit Bias on the Political Attitudes of Blacks

Project Abstract

Extant research suggests that implicit bias can predict behavior such as voting, policy preferences, and assessment of government performance (Kinder, 2015). Yet, research on implicit bias has largely excluded people of color, leaving a wide gap in our understanding of implicit bias and its effects on society (Orey, 2013). In this study, we research implicit bias within the black community and test its effects on political attitudes. We administer Harvard’s Implicit Association Test (IAT) and a survey to measure levels of implicit bias and subsequently policy preferences and trust in government. We expect to find that the black participants with more implicit preference for whites will hold stronger political attitudes that are critical of policies such as affirmative action. This study supplements extant research by using a unique homogenous sample of self identified black participants and adds to our knowledge of implicit bias and its political consequences.


Posters at the Capital, March 3, 2021

Midwest Political Association Conference, April 7-10, 2022, Midwest Political Science Association

Funding Type

Research Grant

Academic College

College of Humanities and Fine Arts


Political Science/Legal Studies/Spanish






Dr. Brittany Wood

Academic College

College of Humanities and Fine Arts

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