Thanks in advance for helping me with this question. I'm embarrassed to say that I'm having trouble interpreting the D-score based on my reading of Greenwald's SPSS scoring syntax, so I want to check my understanding. His syntax says that:
". . . high scores indicate stronger association of 'attribute_left_label'with 'TARGET_2_LABEL' than 'attribute_right_label' with 'TARGET_2_LABEL.'"
I used the racial attitudes IAT program provided by Greenwald at his website in my data collection, but I can't determine how these instructions correlate with "attribute_right_label" and "TARGET_2_LABEL." If I'm reading the literature correctly, however, it would appear that higher D-scores demonstrate a preference for compatible over incompatible associations--is this correct? So, since "White" is typically associated with "pleasant" for most White Americans--and is therefore compatible--a higher D-score for a White participant would indicate greater compatible associations (higher pro-White bias and greater automatic prejudice toward Blacks). On the other hand, White Americans with lower automatic prejudice toward Blacks (or Blacks with pro-Black bias) might have low or even negative D-scores.
I think I ran the scoring syntax correctly, but I have a mix of negative and positive scores, so I want to make sure I understand who is who. I hope this question is clear--Thanks!
His syntax says that:
". . . Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 high scores indicate stronger association of 'attribute_left_label'with 'TARGET_2_LABEL' than 'attribute_right_label' with 'TARGET_2_LABEL.'"
Interpretation will obviously depend on which actual concepts attribute_left_label and target_2_label, etc. represent in your actual script. Just look it up! E.g. does target_2_label mean "white" in your script? Or is it "black"? And so forth...
Yes, that is correct.
Thanks for confirming my intuition.
I tried looking it up, but I was thrown by "TARGET_2_LABEL." I mean, I can figure out that "attribute_right_label" is "pleasant" in the race IAT, because it is always positioned on the right and only the "Black" and "White" labels shift around. But I couldn't find anywhere in the experiment file where the targets are numbered 1 or 2. . . .
In any case, I think I know what happened and hopefully the data scoring will be simple to finish. Take care!