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Tue Apr 23, 2013, 03:02 PM

Do Racism, Conservatism, and Low I.Q. Go Hand in Hand?




Lower cognitive abilities predict greater prejudice through ring-wing ideology.
Published on April 22, 2013 by Goal Auzeen Saedi, Ph.D. in Millennial Media

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Hodson and Busseri (2012) found in a correlational study that lower intelligence in childhood is predictive of greater racism in adulthood, with this effect being mediated (partially explained) through conservative ideology. They also found poor abstract reasoning skills were related to homophobic attitudes which was mediated through authoritarianism and low levels of intergroup contact.
What this study and those before it suggest is not necessarily that all liberals are geniuses and all conservatives are ignorant. Rather, it makes conclusions based off of averages of groups. The idea is that for those who lack a cognitive ability to grasp complexities of our world, strict-right wing ideologies may be more appealing. Dr. Brian Nosek explained it for the Huffington Post as follows, “ideologies get rid of the messiness and impose a simple solution. So, it may not be surprising that people with less cognitive capacity will be attracted to simplifying ideologies.” For an excellent continuation of this discussion and past studies, please see this article from LiveScience.

Further, studies have indicated an automatic association between aggression, America, and the news. A study conducted by researchers at Cornell and The Hebrew University (Ferguson & Hassin, 2007) indicated, “American news watchers who were subtly or nonconsciously primed with American cues exhibited greater accessibility of aggression and war constructs in memory, judged an ambiguously aggressive person in a more aggressive and negative manner, and acted in a relatively more aggressive manner toward an experimenter following a mild provocation, compared with news watchers who were not primed” (p. 1642). American “cues” refers to factors such as images of the American flag or words such as “patriot.” Interestingly, this study showed this effect to be independent of political affiliation, but suggested a disturbing notion that America is implicitly associated with aggression for news watchers.

Taken together, what do these studies suggest? Excessive exposure to news coverage could be toxic as is avoidance of open-minded attitudes and ideals.  Perhaps turn off the television and pick up a book?  Ideally one that exposes you to differing worldviews.

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http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/millennial-media/201304/do-racism-conservatism-and-low-iq-go-hand-in-hand

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formercia Apr 2013 OP
vinny9698 Apr 2013 #1
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Heather MC Apr 2013 #3
Rozlee Apr 2013 #4
Heather MC Apr 2013 #6
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Response to formercia (Original post)

Tue Apr 23, 2013, 03:50 PM

1. It is all about the money.

Their is a cottage industry appealing to these people. They are milked by buying gold, survival gear, weapons, ammunition, and other scams. The right wing media caters to their idiot believes and make a killing.

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Response to vinny9698 (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 23, 2013, 05:12 PM

2. +1. TV hucksters, it's an old game. nt

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Response to formercia (Original post)

Tue Apr 23, 2013, 09:15 PM

3. Santorum said it best, "We don't want the smart elite educated people"

ok maybe not an exact quote but something to that effect.

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Response to Heather MC (Reply #3)

Tue Apr 23, 2013, 09:48 PM

4. He said: "We will never have the elite, smart people on our side."

Then, the audience cheered.

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Response to Rozlee (Reply #4)

Tue Apr 23, 2013, 09:56 PM

6. I really liked him that day, I took it as a great compliment...

Omgeee Rick Santorum called me elite and smart.

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Response to formercia (Original post)

Tue Apr 23, 2013, 09:51 PM

5. Watch BBC News...

International news... Read the Asia Times, The Guardian Newpaper online.

Sometimes it amazes me how little investment even older folks give to informing themselves. It's okay to read a right wing publication that comes with Pennysaver, cause they don't have to "subscribe" to a PAPER...

Journalistic papers exists, and for the person with the internet, there is no excuse for being so uninformed!

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