Alright, one of those headlines liberals cannot help but love:
Indeed. To be fair, it is most definitely the combination. And as the article suggests, low IQ and liberal beliefs probably have some bad effects (though, unlikely to be this unsavory). But there’s definitely some interesting stuff going on here– and it is backed up by findings we already know, such as the lower cognitive complexity involved in conservative beliefs. Some highlights:
There’s no gentle way to put it: People who give in to racism and prejudice may simply be dumb, according to a new study that is bound to stir public controversy.
The research finds that children with low intelligence are more likely to hold prejudiced attitudes as adults. These findings point to a vicious cycle, according to lead researcher Gordon Hodson, a psychologist at Brock University in Ontario. Low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, the study found. Those ideologies, in turn, stress hierarchy and resistance to change, attitudes that can contribute to prejudice, Hodson wrote in an email to LiveScience…
As suspected, low intelligence in childhood corresponded with racism in adulthood. But the factor that explained the relationship between these two variables was political: When researchers included social conservatism in the analysis, those ideologies accounted for much of the link between brains and bias.
People with lower cognitive abilities also had less contact with people of other races.
“This finding is consistent with recent research demonstrating that intergroup contact is mentally challenging and cognitively draining, and consistent with findings that contact reduces prejudice,” [emphasis mine] said Hodson, who along with his colleagues published these results online Jan. 5 in the journal Psychological Science.
This last bit would seem to have some interesting implications for diversity in the classroom, i.e., it really is good for you. It’s also somewhat amusing to me just how far the article goes to assure that these findings don’t mean that liberals are smart and conservatives are dumb. These are averages– then again, maybe the conservatives reading this need extra help understanding that :-). Anyway, this certainly is interesting and provocative. I love this one summary:
“They’ve pulled off the trifecta of controversial topics,” said Brian Nosek, a social and cognitive psychologist at the University of Virginia who was not involved in the study. “When one selects intelligence, political ideology and racism and looks at any of the relationships between those three variables, it’s bound to upset somebody.”
Okay, back to intelligently liking minorities.