Intelligence Study Links Low I.Q. to Prejudice, Racism, Conservatism
From the Huffington Post by Rebecca Serles
Are racists dumb? Do conservatives tend to be less intelligent than liberals? A provocative new study from Brock University in Ontario suggests the answer to both questions may be a qualified yes.
The study, published in Psychological Science, showed that people who score low on I.Q. tests in childhood are more likely to develop prejudiced beliefs and socially conservative politics in adulthood.
I.Q., or intelligence quotient, is a score determined by standardized tests, but whether the tests truly reveal intelligence remains a topic of hot debate among psychologists.
Dr. Gordon Hodson, a professor of psychology at the university and the study's lead author, said the finding represented evidence of a vicious cycle: People of low intelligence gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, which stress resistance to change and, in turn, prejudice, he told LiveScience.
Why might less intelligent people be drawn to conservative ideologies? Because such ideologies feature "structure and order" that make it easier to comprehend a complicated world, Dodson said. "Unfortunately, many of these features can also contribute to prejudice," he added.
Dr. Brian Nosek, a University of Virginia psychologist, echoed those sentiments.
"Reality is complicated and messy," he told The Huffington Post in an email. "Ideologies get rid of the messiness and impose a simpler solution. So, it may not be surprising that people with less cognitive capacity will be attracted to simplifying ideologies."
But Nosek said less intelligent types might be attracted to liberal "simplifying ideologies" as well as conservative ones.
In any case, the study has taken the Internet by storm, with some outspoken liberals saying that It validates their suspicions about conservatives and conservatives arguing that the research has been misinterprete
The psychologists that conducted the study appeared on NPR a year or so ago and admitted that they were conservatives themselves. So they were either too mentally impaired to conduct the study competently and the results are wrong, or just competent enough to muddle through to attain these correct results, or they are really liberals that have fabricated the results in such a convincing way because of their superior intellects as to befuddle the more inferior intellect of the conservative.
I'm with coach, because I can tell you the only hate and racism that is being taught nowadays isn't from the conservative side,,,,, and I worked in the schools..... it' not the Tea Party, please,, this board is for those of us who invest and support those like you, please go back to Facebook and Twit... so we can get on with supporting our family and most likely yours..... your type is always so negative yet you never do anything to help others, people like you are spreading the hate and never have anything positive to contribute to society.
"...people who score low on I.Q. tests in childhood are more likely to develop prejudiced beliefs and socially conservative politics in adulthood."
FACT: throughout history, the less intelligent have always been drawn to right wing politics.
Also supported by the fact right wing radio is so prevelent. The republican base has no concept of independent thought so they have Limbaugh, Hannity, Plant, Levin, tell them what to think.
The truth of this study, and other studies like it, is verified by the evidence. Just read the posts by all of the lying Obama bashing fringe idiots who flood this board with their extremist drivel.