The Downside of Being Smart
Here'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.
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