Are you a loyal Seahawks fan? See if a scientific test agrees.
A University of Washington psychologist has created a test that measures the strength of a person's support for one of several football teams.
The test is based on the original Implicit Association Test Anthony Greenwald created in 1998. It was originally made to measure a person's unconscious beliefs and hidden biases but has been adapted for numerous scenarios since.
Greenwald and psychologist Colin Smith from the University of Florida developed the current football test for fans of the four teams that played in the NFC and AFC Championships.
In the 10-minute test, participants quickly respond to images and words. There are three tests fans can take: Seattle-San Francisco, New England-Denver, and Seattle-Denver.
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Greenwald is especially interested in seeing test results from Seattle and Denver fans before and after the Super Bowl. He wants to see if responses mirror a psychological theory known as "Basking in Reflected Glory," which claims that support for a team rises after a win and drops after a loss.
"I think on average the reflected glory theory is probably right, but I don't think that applies to everyone," Greenwald said. "I do think the strong fan is someone whose attachment is pretty unshakable. It's really a test of your strength as a fan that if you still show a strong association after the team has lost, then you are a real fan."
Greenwald says he is sometimes surprised by unexpected results from variations of the test. But when he took the Seattle-Denver test, he wasn't surprised to learn that he had a strong identification with Seattle.