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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Scientists have found the psychological signature of people who are likely to hold dogmatic or extremist views.

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The new study also suggested that dogmatism and extremism are linked to slower, more strenuous processing. People who are dogmatic may process information imperfectly and then act impulsively on that information, the researchers found. Extremists " defined as people supportive of violence to protect their ideological in-group " were thrill seekers in personality but were slow in working memory, or the ability to keep information in mind while conducting a task. They also used fewer perceptual strategies to solve problems.

"They tend to perform more poorly on these complex high-level processing tasks," Zmigrod said.

The researchers also found that people with nationalistic and politically conservative ideologies showed more caution in perceptual decision making, reducing their speed, rather than their accuracy, when challenged to a time-sensitive task.

Now I know the interpretation of this will be "extremists are stupid" but I think it's more nuanced than that.

But overall, the study results make sense to me.

#1 | Posted by jpw at 2021-02-23 12:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Sounds like psychobabble to me. Unprovable too. What tasks specifically are they slower at? Slower than whom,what's the control? How does that relate to their politics? Why would faster complex processing affect political views and commitment to them?

Just another way to feel superior to people they disagree with. I need more facts and data but overall it doesn't make sense to me. It's not science. It's opinion parading as science until the mechanism of why this is so is explained and duplicated.

Good luck with that.

#2 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-02-23 01:53 PM | Reply

"Person, woman, man, camera, TV"

Only a Genius can do that!

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-02-23 01:55 PM | Reply | Funny: 3 | Newsworthy 1

It's not that they have at high tolerance for risk it's that they don't understand how large the risk is.

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2021-02-23 02:05 PM | Reply

Reading deeper, it looks like they used this place as a part of their study to confirm their findings.

#5 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-02-23 02:39 PM | Reply

#5

Yea. Your posts were invaluable.

Thanks dummy.

#6 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-02-23 02:43 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Just another way to feel superior to people they disagree with.

LOL didn't read the article did you?

They did the psychological testing first. This analysis is from a secondary study where a questionnaire was given to participants of the first study.

The data was then cross referenced between the two.

#7 | Posted by jpw at 2021-02-23 02:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Reading deeper, it looks like they used this place as a part of their study to confirm their findings.

#5 | POSTED BY SENTINEL

Sounds like yet another person didn't read the article.

#8 | Posted by jpw at 2021-02-23 02:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Back in 1788 it was an extremist viewpoint to merely suggest that a man with dark skin could be the intellectual equivalent to a man with skin that was white, or that women had the intellectual capacity to choose a country's leaders.

The word has taken on such a pejorative meaning in its modern application. Any study that attempts to benchmark its underlying mental and psychological attributes while at the same time claiming impartiality is going to have a fair amount of trouble trying to disassociate itself from political bias.

#9 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2021-02-23 03:15 PM | Reply

Still needs more study. What's the control? How is "Extremism" measured? Self answering about their beliefs? What exactly were the questions?

The data is too open to interpretation,by the compilers. Call me a skeptic,I'm just not convinced. They've done a number of similar studies,even described in the article, that turned out to be wrong. This seems like gaslighting to me. But maybe I'm just too dumb to get it. My processing just too slow and strenuous.

#10 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-02-23 03:24 PM | Reply

#10, you're a skeksis.

#11 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-02-23 03:48 PM | Reply

*skeptic

#12 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-02-23 03:48 PM | Reply

Still needs more study. What's the control?

The people in the study who didn't self-identify extremist tendencies.

#13 | Posted by jpw at 2021-02-23 04:00 PM | Reply

Also, it's an association study so there's not really a control in the usual sense of the word.

#14 | Posted by jpw at 2021-02-23 04:01 PM | Reply

Still seems like BS. Too open to interpretation, not hard science,soft psychobabble. There may be some underlying merit to it but it's hardly really solid. More study would be required to make any strong claims.

#15 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-02-23 04:44 PM | Reply

- skeksis

He was in The Dark Crystal?

#16 | Posted by Corky at 2021-02-23 04:46 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

Still seems like BS. Too open to interpretation, not hard science

That's why psychology is called a soft science.

Associative studies are about as good as it gets, take it or leave it.

#17 | Posted by jpw at 2021-02-23 04:48 PM | Reply

#8 | Posted by jpw

Clearly people posting without reading. Especially since it talks about extremism of both the left and the right. I have to say that "my gut" agrees with the findings based on the people I know. A larger study would certainly be needed to be more definitive as it seems like a relatively small pool.

It is genuinely interesting topic to me. People who don't want to understand themselves better have always left me scratching my head. Understanding can help you drive change and improve yourself but then again some -icks think they are just perfect.

#18 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-02-23 04:49 PM | Reply

One of the biggest hurdles in psychology is our out social, political, and economic paradigms are predicated on the existence of free will.

When studies call that into doubt, they get shouted down from every direction.

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-02-23 04:51 PM | Reply

"People who don't want to understand themselves better have always left me scratching my head."

Fear.
Repsessed menoiers.
Childhood sexual abuse by their parents.
Guilt over people they've victimized, from how they were taught to behave as children.

#20 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-02-23 04:54 PM | Reply

As well they should. Free will is not absolute.My mother had horrible dementia the last 5 years of her life. She became helpless and my siblings and father turned against her,they treated her like an inconvenient,expensive, loathesome thing.

SHE had no choice, they did. They chose to leave her helpless when she was their own.

Her will was not free because of organic brain disease. They had free will. They could have stepped up. They could have tried to be helpful, instead,they ignored her and left me to care for her alone for years.

I don't buy the notion that competent people lack free will. It's an excuse for evil and selfish behavior.

To claim all evil is not under their control is nonsense. Circumstances matter,but the will is free. To say otherwise is contrary to reason and reality.

#21 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-02-23 05:06 PM | Reply

"Study: Extremist Brains Can't Do Complex Mental Tasks"

Well, duh. We've known that for a long time.

#22 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-02-24 03:25 AM | Reply

They also cannot do simple mental tasks like "After I storm the capitol, destroy property, beat, injure and kill members of capitol police, how am I going to be able to resume my everyday life?"

Agolf Twittler knew who he was speaking to. He knew what they would do. He knew what his words would cause and wanted what happened.

He knew his extremist feral base was too stupid to see they were being played by him. He knew he could use them. He also knew he could count on the majority of his dumbass base in Congress to not hold him accountable for his actions.

#23 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-02-24 06:57 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Born to be zealots. This is what happens when violent monkeys think they are in the right.

#24 | Posted by Brennnn at 2021-02-24 01:57 PM | Reply

I agree. Case in point, most if not all of the politicians elected.

#25 | Posted by Sludge_Report at 2021-02-25 09:36 AM | Reply

I agree. Case in point, most if not all of the politicians elected.

#25 | Posted by Sludge_Report

Oh the problem is just "politicians?"

Some politicians believe in jewish space lasers, climate change being a hoax, covid being just a flu, and tax cuts for the rich helping the poor, but all those politicians happen to be in one party.

Republicans really are better...at being stupid and delusional.

it helps when you've been brainwashed from birth to choose faith over evidence. How else could you think trump was a good person?

#26 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-02-25 12:14 PM | Reply

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