Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Conservatism Linked To Low Intelligence And "Low-Effort" Thinking... Duh!

In February a study published in the journal "Psychological Science" showed that children who score low on intelligence tests gravitate toward socially conservative political views and "Greater Prejudice" in adulthood. This is attributed to the fact that conservative ideologies stress "structure and order" that make it easier to understand a complicated world.

Now there's the new study linking conservative ideologies to "low-effort" thinking.

According to psychologist Scott Eidelman of the University of Arkansas "People endorse conservative ideology more when they have to give a first or fast response,"

Dr. Eidelman went on to say that in their studies "low-effort thought promotes political conservatism, not that political conservatives use low-effort thinking."

Another interesting finding in the study revealed that when bar patrons were asked about social issues it turned out, the political viewpoints of patrons with high blood alcohol levels were more likely to be conservative than were those whose blood alcohol levels were low.

When the researchers conducted similar interviews in the lab, they found that people who were asked to evaluate political ideas quickly or while distracted were more likely to express conservative viewpoints.

"Keeping people from thinking too much...or just asking them to deliberate or consider information in a cursory manner can impact people's political attitudes, and in a way that consistently promotes political conservatism," Dr. Eidelman said.

The study was published online in the journal "Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin."

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