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Although it is clear that implicit and explicit attitudes are not same, how they differ is not. I believe establishing the relation between them would surely help deducting it's meaning in context of psychology. You may refer to research publication by BRIAN A. NOSEK (University of Virginia) titled **

Implicit- Explicit Relations

**(vol.16-no. 2)

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Although implicit and explicit attitudes are not the "same" they frequently overlap (e.g. people that are explicitly racist are usually implicitly racist). Both are a positive or negative feeling towards an object. The primary difference between the two is found in conscious awareness of a particular attitude and how the attitude is expressed. Implicit attitudes are unconscious while explicit attitudes are conscious. Explicit attitudes are tempered by things like social desirability. Work with implicit attitudes tests like the IAT have shown implicit biases against things like race, age and sex. Most people do not explicitly subscribe to these biases but still unconsciously harbor latent preferences.

Check out Project Implicit to take a variety of IAT's and learn more: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/

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