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The implicit Relational Assessment procedure (IRAP) and attractiveness bias

Research paper by Carol Murphy, Tara Hussey; Dermot Barnes-Holmes; Michelle E. Kelly

Indexed on: 29 Oct '16Published on: 22 Aug '15Published in: Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science



Abstract

Publication date: Available online 19 August 2015 Source:Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science Author(s): Carol Murphy, Tara Hussey, Dermot Barnes-Holmes, Michelle E. Kelly The Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP) was used in the area of attractiveness.bias and attributions of successfulness. Alternate IRAP trial-blocks required participants to affirm.consistent (attractive-successful) and inconsistent (unattractive-successful) relations; shorter mean.response latencies across consistent trial-blocks were interpreted as implicit attractiveness.stereotyping. Participants also completed a rating scale for successfulness of attractive versus.unattractive individuals. Both implicit and explicit (rating data) data showed statistically significant.attractiveness bias for male and female participants. Directionality of bias was analyzed via the IRAP 4 trial-type methodology to determine if it was pro-attractive or anti-unattractive, or if bias was evident.in both directions, or if no bias was shown. For both gender groups, bias was shown to be proattractive.and not antiunattractive. Findings are discussed with regard to a comprehensive account of attractiveness bias, directionality, and contextual influences.