Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice

Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice

Date: 26 January 2012 Time: 10:29 AM ET


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.

"Prejudice is extremely complex and multifaceted, making it critical that any factorscontributing to bias are uncovered and understood," he said.

Controversy ahead

The findings combine three hot-button topics.

"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."

Polling data and social and political science research do show that prejudice is more common in those who hold right-wing ideals that those of other political persuasions, Nosek told LiveScience. [7 Thoughts That Are Bad For You]

"The unique contribution here is trying to make some progress on the most challenging aspect of this," Nosek said, referring to the new study. "It's not that a relationship like that exists, but why it exists."


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Comment by Alejandro M on April 21, 2012 at 10:14pm
Mmm... if you read the article, they never show how they connect social conservatism to stupidity. It seems tenuous at best, or circunstancial. Also, they never detail the statistic significance of the study. Methinks it's a liberal political piece disguised (thinly) as "statistics".
Comment by diggerbanks on April 22, 2012 at 7:36am

It is pretty obvious without any great study.

Conservative thinking tends to be selfish, it is afraid of change and strives to avoid it, it needs answers to fill the gaps.

Liberal thinking is more empathetic, it recognises the inevitability of change, and accepts there are some things we don't know.

Massive generalisation so it's only half true. There are always exceptions.


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