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    The IRAP Is Nonrelative but not Acontextual: Changes to the Contrast Category Influence Men's Dehumanization of Women


    Hussey, Ian and Ní Mhaoileoin, Dearbhaile and Barnes-Holmes, Dermot and Ohtsuki, Tom and Kishita, Naoko and Hughes, Sean and Murphy, Carol (2016) The IRAP Is Nonrelative but not Acontextual: Changes to the Contrast Category Influence Men's Dehumanization of Women. The Psychological record, 66. pp. 291-299. ISSN 0033-2933

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    Abstract

    The Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP) is frequently employed over other measures of socalled implicit attitudes because it produces 4 independent and "nonrelative" bias scores, thereby providing greater clarity around what drives an effect. Indeed, studies have sometimes emphasized the procedural separation of the four trial types by choosing to report only the results of a single, theoretically meaningful trial type. However, no research to date has examined the degree to which performance on a given trial type is impacted upon by other stimulus categories employed within the task. The current study examined the extent to which response biases toward "women" are influenced by two different contrast categories: "women" versus "inanimate objects". Results indicated that greater dehumanization of women was observed in the context of the latter relative to the former category. The findings highlight that the IRAP may be described as a nonrelative, but not acontextual, measure of brief and immediate relational responses.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure; Relational Frame Theory; Dehumanization of women;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 10605
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40732-016-0171-6
    Depositing User: Dr. Carol Murphy
    Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2019 15:02
    Journal or Publication Title: The Psychological record
    Publisher: Springer Verlag
    Refereed: Yes
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