Filip OlssonPhd Student
I am a PhD student at the Department of Sociology, Stockholm University, with a background in psychology and political science. In my disseration project, I explore the contextual nature of implicit cognition. With the use of experimental methods, I more specifically focus on the concept of implicit (or unconscious) nationalism.
A selection from Stockholm University publication database
On the Methodological Difficulty of Identifying Implicit Racial Beliefs and Stereotypes
2020. Moa Bursell, Filip Olsson. American Sociological Review 85 (6), 1117-1122Article
In Status Characteristics, Implicit Bias, and the Production of Racial Inequality, Melamed, Munn, Barry, Montgomery, and Okuwobi present an innovative and intriguing study on social influence, status beliefs, and implicit racial bias. To capture status-based expectancies, the authors measure implicit racial status beliefs using an Implicit Association Test (IAT) with words related to high and low status. We identify an important flaw in the study's analytic approach that severely limits the conclusions that can be drawn based on the study. We argue that the authors neglected to separate the valence of the words included in the racial status IAT with the stereotype content of these words. It is therefore possible that the study's racial IAT only captures implicit racial evaluations, and not status-based implicit racial beliefs.