Activity

Report on a Presentation at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology
"Relationship between Implicit Association Test (IAT) and two Single-Target IATs, with shyness as an example"

From January 19 to 21, 2017, we participated in the 18th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology held in San Antonio, Texas in the United States.
 
San Antonio has such a beautiful cityscape, making you feel happy just by walking around. The greatest reason for this beauty must be found in the San Antonio River running through in the central part of the city. I could walk from my hotel to the conference venue along the river without getting lost. The path along the river is called River Walk, a famous sightseeing spot. I could see boats going through the river as well as many restaurants along the sides. When I was lucky enough to get up early, I could walk along the River Walk to enjoy a very fresh morning. The day was much more fulfilling than staying in bed until late in the morning.
Our research group gave a poster presentation on the “Relationship between Implicit Association Test (IAT) and two Single-Target IATs, with shyness as an example” from 14:00-15:15 on the 21st.
At our presentation, I found it characteristic to international conferences in that the audience had various research backgrounds. Our research uses a method called IAT, but some in the audience were not familiar with this method or had never used it. Still, they came to listen to our presentation, and were very eager to give us their constructive comments. I found that it was rare to see such a situation in Japan (I have the impression that in our country, those who already have a good knowledge of the content will come to the presentation).

Our poster presentation was about the shyness IAT, one of the methods to measure shyness indirectly, which our research team has been working on for a long time. IAT’s structural characteristic is that it is a relative index. In other words, it measures how shy I am compared to other persons. In order to further explore this point, in 2015 we studied how Single-Target IAT (ST-IAT) related to shyness IAT by creating an IAT that excludes the part of “others.” In this research, we also created a ST-IAT that excludes the part of the “self” from the original IAT. So, we had three types of IAT (original shyness IAT, ST-IAT that deals with “self” only, and ST-IAT that deals with “others” only) for experiment participants to respond to. Through data analysis, we found that shyness points calculated by the original shyness IAT are sufficiently related to two other types of ST-IAT. These results make us able to say that the mechanism for point calculation by the original shyness IAT was clarified.

At our poster presentation, we received valuable comments not only from Japanese attendees but also from overseas researchers, which I want to fully utilize for our future research. Currently, we are already studying the reliability of original shyness IAT (how stable the points are) after one-week and one-month intervals. We can also consider doing a similar investigation for ST-IAT.

It was very comfortable to stay in San Antonio’s pleasant environment, and I enjoyed communicating with researchers of various backgrounds at the conference venue. In addition, American coffee was to my taste which also helped me spend meaningful time there.

"Relationship between Implicit Association Test (IAT) and two Single-Target IATs, with shyness as an example"
 (Takafumi Sawaumi, Tsutomu Fujii, Atsushi Aikawa)
 
(Takafumi Sawaumi, CRET Researcher)

Takafumi Sawaumi

CRET Researcher / Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Sociology, Ryutu Keizai University

Hobbies: I try to get some physical activity by playing tennis or doing yoga on a regular basis. I am also busy learning foreign languages, while overseas travel is one of my pleasures in life.

Research topic: I specialize in cross-cultural research on interpersonal communication and personality.

dissertation

<< | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | >>

Areas of Reasearch in CRET

This laboratory conducts research on test evaluation and analysis. We also perform joint research and exchange programs with overseas testing research institutes.







>> Click here
for the laboratory

This laboratory conducts research and development into testing approaches that measure communication skills, teamwork skills, and social skills, etc.

Dr. Atsushi Aikawa

Professor,
Faculty of Human Sciences,
University of Tsukuba
Ph.D. in Psychology

>> Click here
for the laboratory

This laboratory conducts research on the foundation of computer-based testing, and basic research on media and recognition, as well as applied and practical research
that utilize such knowledge.

Dr. Kanji Akahori

Professor Emeritus of
Tokyo Institute of
Technology

>> Click here
for the laboratory