Implicit Association Testing May Predict Future Suicide Attempts

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A recent study conducted by Tello et al. (2019) found that Suicide Implicit Association Testing predicted future suicide attempts among participants with 85% acccuracy. “Suicide is difficult to predict and prevent because people who consider killing themselves often are unwilling or unable to report their intentions,” Nina Tello and colleagues explain. “Measures of implicit cognition may be useful for detecting and predicting sensitive clinical behaviors that are unlikely to be reported.”

These findings support a growing body of research suggesting that measures of implicit cognition can, in some cases, better predict real-world behavior.

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