View Full Version : Interesting race test

04-09-2008, 09:37 AM
I found this story today. A psychology professor at the University of Chicago is trying to measure the influence of race on shoot/don't shoot decision-making by police officers. He's put together a little web-based test that people can try online. I found it interesting, so I thought I'd pass it along:


04-09-2008, 09:49 AM
Game Over
Your Score: 460
Average reaction time:
Black Armed:614.56ms
Black Unarmed:687.72ms
White Armed:615.92ms
White Unarmed:682.12ms

I guess I'm a racist. I attribute it to my distrust of Obama. ;)

Radar Chief
04-09-2008, 10:33 AM
Game Over
Your Score: 640
Average reaction time:
Black Armed:610.36ms
Black Unarmed:775.16ms
White Armed:638.72ms
White Unarmed:758.92ms

Radar Chief
04-09-2008, 10:36 AM
Personally feel this isn’t a very good test. It doesn’t take much to recognize what the person is holding before firing and anyone that’s had any training will go through target recognition and back drop safety before pulling the trigger.

04-09-2008, 10:51 AM
Game Over
Your Score: -1075
Average reaction time:
Black Armed:589.48ms
Black Unarmed:580.36ms
White Armed:603.08ms
White Unarmed:631.6ms:evil:

Fat Elvis
04-09-2008, 10:54 AM
Game Over
Your Score: -500
Average reaction time:
Black Armed:94.84ms
Black Unarmed:85.96ms
White Armed:94.16ms
White Unarmed:116.52ms

I call horseshit on this study. I shot 'em all and let God sort them out when I played. All I did was repeatedly tap the fire button without looking at the screen. Yet look at the difference between the Black Unarmed time and the White Unarmed response times. That is a 35.6% difference.

04-09-2008, 11:16 AM
Game Over
Your Score: -110
Average reaction time:
Black Armed:979.72ms
Black Unarmed:922.2ms
White Armed:966.72ms
White Unarmed:922ms

I'm probably dead to slow

04-09-2008, 12:24 PM
Game Over
Your Score: 670
Average reaction time:
Black Armed:740.12ms
Black Unarmed:802.2ms
White Armed:738.76ms
White Unarmed:770.2ms

04-09-2008, 12:35 PM
Game Over
Your Score: 450
Average reaction time:
Black Armed:759.32ms
Black Unarmed:891.56ms
White Armed:785.2ms
White Unarmed:847.28ms

'Hamas' Jenkins
04-09-2008, 05:31 PM
Game Over
Your Score: 215
Average reaction time:
Black Armed:677.32ms
Black Unarmed:752.08ms
White Armed:657.8ms
White Unarmed:721.84ms

04-09-2008, 05:33 PM
Am I reverse racist?

Game Over
Your Score: 510
Average reaction time:
Black Armed:603.28ms
Black Unarmed:664.44ms
White Armed:590.64ms
White Unarmed:674.68ms

Rain Man
04-09-2008, 05:42 PM
I was tempted to shoot all of the people with beer cans, because I think it's wrong to have open beer cans out in public.

Overall, it looks like I take longer to make decisions on the black dudes, which helps the black criminals but makes the innocent black guys more nervous.

Also, this professor probably did this just to write off a trip to Denver. Half of those pictures were taken in my neck of the woods in Denver.

Game Over
Your Score: 590
Average reaction time:
Black Armed:724.08ms
Black Unarmed:867.08ms
White Armed:684ms
White Unarmed:763.32ms

04-09-2008, 05:51 PM
I died a lot

Game Over
Your Score: 300
Average reaction time:
Black Armed:766.56ms
Black Unarmed:814.4ms
White Armed:756.64ms
White Unarmed:829.28ms

Mr. Flopnuts
04-09-2008, 06:00 PM
Game Over
Your Score: 420
Average reaction time:
Black Armed:701.36ms
Black Unarmed:750.8ms
White Armed:706.6ms
White Unarmed:750.16ms


Taco John
04-09-2008, 06:02 PM
I was a little slower on the white guys because I just couldn't believe that it was a white guy holding a gun.

04-09-2008, 06:37 PM
Game Over
Your Score: 345
Average reaction time:
Black Armed:668.36ms
Black Unarmed:747.68ms
White Armed:663.44ms
White Unarmed:739.88ms

04-09-2008, 06:45 PM
Game Over
Your Score: 565
Average reaction time:
Black Armed:708.36ms
Black Unarmed:787.48ms
White Armed:757.44ms
White Unarmed:756.36ms

I got shot twice, both times by a black man I was trying to give a chance to. ROFL

04-09-2008, 07:06 PM
Now what? Is there a chart to compare your score to?

Your Score: 575
Average reaction time:
Black Armed:692.68ms
Black Unarmed:729.04ms
White Armed:680.04ms
White Unarmed:830.48ms

Rain Man
04-09-2008, 07:14 PM
I shot one teenager who was holding a cell phone, because he was using it to post bad stuff about me on Myspace.

04-09-2008, 07:32 PM
I killed every one of those muff huggers. What's next?