The IRAP is nonrelative but not acontextual: changes to the contrast category influence men’s dehumanization of women

Hussey, Ian, Ní Mhaoileoin, Dearbhaile, Barnes-Holmes, Dermot, Ohtsuki, Tomu, Kishita, Naoko, 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 (2). pp. 291-299. ISSN 0033-2933

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Abstract

The Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP) is frequently employed over other measures of so-called implicit attitudes because it produces four independent and “non-relative” 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: “men” 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 non-relative, but not a-contextual, measure of brief and immediate relational responses.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40732-016-0171-6
Uncontrolled Keywords: implicit relational assessment procedure,relational frame theory,dehumanization of women
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2016 09:31
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2019 14:49
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/57792
DOI: 10.1007/s40732-016-0171-6

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