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    Using a Modified Function Acquisition Speed Test (FAST) for Assessing Implicit Gender Stereotypes

    Cartwright, Aoife and Roche, Bryan and Gogarty, Michelle and O'Reilly, Anthony and Stewart, Ian (2016) Using a Modified Function Acquisition Speed Test (FAST) for Assessing Implicit Gender Stereotypes. The Psychological record, 66 (2). pp. 223-233. ISSN 0033-2933

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    The recently developed Function Acquisition Speed Test (FAST) represents an effort to assess the relative strength of stimulus relations by traditional behavior-analytic means (i.e., acquisition curves). The current study was the first application of the FAST to the assessment of natural, pre-experimentally established stimulus relations. Specifically, this experiment assessed the sensitivity of the FAST to pervasive gender stereotypes of men as stereotypically “masculine” (e.g., dominant or competitive) and women as stereotypically “feminine” (e.g., nurturing or gentle). Thirty participants completed a FAST procedure consisting of two testing blocks. In one block, functional response classes were established between classes of stimuli assumed to be stereotype-consistent (i.e., men-masculine and women-feminine), and in the other, between classes of stimuli assumed to be stereotype-inconsistent (i.e., men-feminine and women-masculine). Differences in the rate of class acquisition across the two blocks were quantified using cumulative record-type scoring procedures plotting correct responses as a function of time. Acquisition rates were significantly faster (i.e., displayed steeper learning curves) for the stereotype-consistent relative to the stereotype-inconsistent block. Corroborating stereotypes were observed on an Implicit Association Test containing identical stimuli.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Cartwright, A., Roche, B., Gogarty, M. et al. Psychol Rec (2016) 66: 223.
    Keywords: Implicit test; Function Acquisition Speed Test; Stimulus equivalence; Derived relations; Attitude measurement;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 10634
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    Depositing User: Dr. Bryan Roche
    Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2019 16:36
    Journal or Publication Title: The Psychological record
    Publisher: Springer Verlag
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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