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By Stephanie Pappas | LiveScience.com
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 factors
contributing to bias are uncovered and understood," he said.
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."
This explains how Republicans have managed to get elected.
The hillbilly Republicans... there is not shortage of nitwits in the USA.