New Study Says Racists Are Dumber

I’ve been saying this for years, but a new study offers evidence that racists generally have a lower IQ than non racists.

A study published in Psychological Science and completed  by Brock University in Ontario, 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.

From The Huff Post:

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 toldLiveScience.

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.”

Sound off! Are you buying the findings in this study? Are racists dumber?

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  • Mageedis

    You guys are so funny. Why would any college pay an idiot like Gordon Hodson. It no secret who are the most successful, intelligent folks in the Us. Most of the billionaires, and millionaires, are conservative, and yet, who is the largest voting block for liberals? Poor, uneducated, folks. Also the folks who are confused about who, and what, they should have sex with! Folks who’s belief system is screwed up. Folks that say it is OK to kill baby human beings, but don’t you dare touch a branch on that tree! Liberals are so ass backwards it’s not even funny. Liberals that think spending more money in government lowers the deficit. How backwards is that? It doesn’t take a genius to see what a crock this is! 

    • http://www.askdro.com AskDrO

      WOW! I really did I hit a sore spot. But you really helped me out with your comment. Thanks again.

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