Study: The Smarter You Are, the More and Better Stereotypes You Believe in
April 01, 2018, 03:48 PM
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Doesn’t the Theory of Intersectionality posit that you deserve more Diversity Pokemon Points for being black and female than for being black and male?

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Have any black women ever gone Polar Bear Hunting upon Yglesias’s skull for his crime of Walking While White through our nation’s capital?

From the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General:

Superior pattern detectors efficiently learn, activate, apply, and update social stereotypes.

Lick DJ1, Alter AL2, Freeman JB1.

J Exp Psychol Gen. 2018 Feb;147(2):209-227. doi: 10.1037/xge0000349. Epub 2017 Jul 20.

Abstract Superior cognitive abilities are generally associated with positive outcomes such as academic achievement and social mobility. Here, we explore the darker side of cognitive ability, highlighting robust links between pattern detection and stereotyping. Across 6 studies, we find that superior pattern detectors efficiently learn and use stereotypes about social groups. This pattern holds across explicit (Studies 1 and 2), implicit (Studies 2 and 4), and behavioral measures of stereotyping (Study 3). We also find that superior pattern detectors readily update their stereotypes when confronted with new information (Study 5), making them particularly susceptible to counterstereotype training (Study 6). Pattern detection skills therefore equip people to act as naïve empiricists who calibrate their stereotypes to match incoming information. These findings highlight novel effects of individual aptitudes on social-cognitive processes.

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