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Forum Post: Conservative Politics, 'Low-Effort' Thinking Linked In New Study | Cons Believe, Not Think!

Posted 2 years ago on April 13, 2012, 7:20 p.m. EST by JIFFYSQUID92 (-994) from Portland, OR
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Conservative Politics, 'Low-Effort' Thinking Linked In New Study | Cons Believe, Not Think!

The Huffington Post | By David Freeman Posted: 04/ 9/2012 10:44 am Updated: 04/ 9/2012 2:16 pm

Conservatives Lowthought

Conservatives and liberals don't seem to agree about much, and they might not agree about recent studies linking conservatism to low intelligence and "low-effort" thinking.

As The Huffington Post reported 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 in adulthood--perhaps because conservative ideologies stress "structure and order" that make it easier to understand a complicated world.

Ouch.

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

"People endorse conservative ideology more when they have to give a first or fast response," the study's lead author, University of Arkansas psychologist Dr. Scott Eidelman, said in a written statement released by the university.

Does the finding suggest that conservatives are lazy thinkers?

"Not quite," Dr. Eidelman told The Huffington Post in an email. "Our research shows that low-effort thought promotes political conservatism, not that political conservatives use low-effort thinking."

For the study, a team of psychologists led by Dr. Eidelman asked people about their political viewpoints in a bar and in a laboratory setting.

Bar patrons were asked about social issues before blowing into a Breathalyzer. As it turned out, the political viewpoints of patrons with high blood alcohol levels were more likely to be conservative than were those of patrons whose blood alcohol levels were low.

But it wasn't just the alcohol talking, according to the statement. 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 in the email.

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

What do you think? Are conservatives less intelligent than liberals--or more intelligent? And is conservatism a matter of lazy thinking?

Conservatives believe (that's why they fall prey to religious cults, like Republicons) liberals think.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/07/conservative-politics-low-effort-thinking_n_1410448.html

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[-] 2 points by ericweiss (575) 1 year ago

"Give me a girl at an impressionable age and she is mine for life."
....................................................................................................... Jean Brody
. After 15 years of indoctorination by parents churches & school -
lemmings CANNOT think

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[-] 2 points by gnomunny (6287) from St Louis, MO 2 years ago

I don't think "low-effort thinking" is the same thing as low intelligence. Change scares some people. They feel more comfortable with routine. Good post, by the way.

[-] 2 points by JIFFYSQUID92 (-994) from Portland, OR 2 years ago

This is why they follow authoritarians, like Kings and Fuerers.

[-] 1 points by Shule (1696) 1 year ago

May we rephrase the title of this post for low effort thinkers; "Republicans are stupid."

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[-] 0 points by factsrfun (6439) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago

If you knew Jiffy like I knew Jiffy, you wouldn't have to ask.

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[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (9780) 2 years ago

Let's not forget that although they may be sheep, they have some very clever shepards.

[-] 0 points by JIFFYSQUID92 (-994) from Portland, OR 2 years ago

Yes indeed.

And a very unifying force, greed!

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (9780) 2 years ago

You bet, we can never underestimate their tretchery.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 2 years ago

Why is it that every time a study like this is posted, the trolls around here come out en force and prove it's veracity?

[-] 1 points by JIFFYSQUID92 (-994) from Portland, OR 2 years ago

They are in an "End Justifies Any Means" mindset. Hypnotized. Entranced. Brainwashed. Zombies.

Fear, ignorance, vilification indoctrination. Think North Korea.

The stunning and unbelievable facts of their state of being, is a major defense and advantage for them.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 2 years ago

Ignorance is strength.

It's smart to be dumb. So much less thinking involved.

Hey, hey, ho, ho, it's easier to go with the status quo!!!!!

Pass me the twinkies..............:)

[-] 1 points by JIFFYSQUID92 (-994) from Portland, OR 2 years ago

Orwell in every school curriculum.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 2 years ago

Good luck getting the teabaggers to go along with that..........:)

Although, maybe. I don't recall any strong female characters.

[-] 1 points by JIFFYSQUID92 (-994) from Portland, OR 2 years ago

Check out the annual list of banned books the library puts out, it's shocking!

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 2 years ago

They had to make room for the "Fred Flintstone" version of Earth history.

'Splainin' that's gonna take some doing.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 2 years ago

This is why (R)epelican'ts have got to go. Teabaggers first.

They are incapable of learning from their mistakes.

Consider how many times and ways a flat tax has been proven to be the most unfair, yet they still keep bringing it back up.

Lazy thing.

[-] 1 points by factsrfun (6439) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

Good post.

[-] 1 points by JIFFYSQUID92 (-994) from Portland, OR 2 years ago

Spread the word.

Register and Vote! Register and Vote! "We the 1%" NOT What They Wrote!!

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (6439) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

Look at what the TEA party did to the bond rating, now that's a big deal with just a few people, can't we do as much with the truth on our side?

I think we can do more, if we link arms with those that support us, every outreached hand is not covered in glue, no matter what some would have you believe, some people really do want to be you friend.

[-] -1 points by JIFFYSQUID92 (-994) from Portland, OR 2 years ago

Come Together!!!! See Above

Tea party down turn.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 2 years ago

Ahhh, yes. Another confirmation of the laziness of (R)epelican't thinking.

They truly are the "sheep", always needing a leader and never understanding representatives.

Afraid to actually think.

[-] 1 points by JIFFYSQUID92 (-994) from Portland, OR 2 years ago

So much easier to obey, True Believers! Body Snatcher pod people.

Unite and Win! Unite and Win! 2010 Never EVER Again!!

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 2 years ago

Pod people. It makes sense

How else could they keep repeating about how kindergarten teachers are thugs.

They heard it on Limbaugh!!!!.

[-] 1 points by JIFFYSQUID92 (-994) from Portland, OR 2 years ago

RW Hate & Lie Speech should be rated XXXX cuz it's more obscene than any porn could hope to be.

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (6439) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago

OMG Jiffy Lives!

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