Saturday, April 7, 2012

Interesting Reseacrh

Low-Effort Thought Promotes Political Conservatism


The authors test the hypothesis that low-effort thought promotes political conservatism. In Study 1, alcohol intoxication was measured among bar patrons; as blood alcohol level increased, so did political conservatism (controlling for sex, education, and political identification). In Study 2, participants under cognitive load reported more conservative attitudes than their no-load counterparts. In Study 3, time pressure increased participants’ endorsement of conservative terms. In Study 4, participants considering political terms in a cursory manner endorsed conservative terms more than those asked to cogitate; an indicator of effortful thought (recognition memory) partially mediated the relationship between processing effort and conservatism. Together these data suggest that political conservatism may be a process consequence of low-effort thought; when effortful, deliberate thought is disengaged, endorsement of conservative ideology increases.
Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 2012 Mar 16. 

Apparently, we were right after all. People who do not like to engage in deep effortful thought are more likely to be politically conservative. This may give us some information for jury selection Interesting research. 

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