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The Downside of Being Smart 

lightbulb illustrationHere's bad news for the MELSA set. A paper published recently in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, suggests that smart people are more at risk of stereotyping others than their less brainy peers.

The study showed that people who do better on a pattern detection test — which researchers used as a measure of intelligence — were also quicker to create and apply stereotypes.

That's the downside of being smart —you're likely to read too much into a situation and to draw unjustified conclusions.

The good news? The researchers showed that smart people also ditch their stereotypes quickly in the face of new information.

Read an Atlantic Magazine report on this research here.






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