26 January 2012

Bright minds vs. dark attitudes

Some of the correlations discussed in my previous posts receive further support from a recent study by Hodson and Busseri (2012). The study suggests that people who give in to racism and prejudice may simply have low cognitive functioning. The research also finds that children with low intelligence tend to hold prejudiced views as adults. These findings point to a vicious cycle, according to lead researcher Hodson, a psychologist at Brock University in Ontario. Low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward conservative ideologies, which, in turn, stress hierarchy and resistance to change, attitudes fomenting prejudice. Here's the abstract:
Despite their important implications for interpersonal behaviors and relations, cognitive abilities have been largely ignored as explanations of prejudice. We proposed and tested mediation models in which lower cognitive ability predicts greater prejudice, an effect mediated through the endorsement of right-wing ideologies (social conservatism, right-wing authoritarianism) and low levels of contact with out-groups. In an analysis of two large-scale, nationally representative United Kingdom data sets (N = 15,874), we found that lower general intelligence (g) in childhood predicts greater racism in adulthood, and this effect was largely mediated via conservative ideology. A secondary analysis of a U.S. data set confirmed a predictive effect of poor abstract-reasoning skills on antihomosexual prejudice, a relation partially mediated by both authoritarianism and low levels of intergroup contact. All analyses controlled for education and socioeconomic status. Our results suggest that cognitive abilities play a critical, albeit underappreciated, role in prejudice. Consequently, we recommend a heightened focus on cognitive ability in research on prejudice and a better integration of cognitive ability into prejudice models. 


RightKlik said...

So libs say it’s racist (or stupid) to believe the mountains of data that show differences in IQ between races (and they suggest that IQ is an invalid concept), but IQ research becomes valid when it tells liberals something they want to hear about racism, giving them justification for bigoted attitudes against conservatives.

The mind-warping hypocrisy and determined ignorance is staggering.

Jazzbumpa said...

RightKlik -

Uhhh . . . "low cognitive functioning." Where do you see IQ mentioned? Go look up cognitive function.

The correlation between low mental capability and conservatism was well known as far back as colonial times.

What evidence can you present for liberals having bigoted attitudes toward conservatives? I really want to see this. Remember, conservatives are defined by their actions, not their appearance.

If you actually knew anything about conservatism, you would know that it is built on a foundation of ignorance and prejudice.

Don't take my word for it. Just read the first two chapters of Russel Kirks's The Conservative Mind.


Anonymous said...

Once again, Conservatives SHOW their ignorance (and justification for this research) by simply opening their mouths! Bravo, well done!!