How to Encourage Non-Liberal Students in Psychology

How do you encourage non-liberal students to pursue careers in the social sciences? It is simple. Stop being hostile to them and their ideas. What a shock. If one creates an environment safe and supportive for all students, regardless of their politics, non-left students become interested in psychology.

Psychology's Political Diversity Problem

Psychological science has a bias problem.

Contempt for Conservatism, Religion, and History

Social scientists often express thinly-veiled contempt for conservatives. The “ideal” conservative is characterize as conventional, conforming, antihedonistic, authoritarian, punitive, ethnocentric, militaristic, dogmatic, superstitious, and antiscientific.

Liberal Bias Distorts Scientific Psychology (and Education)

The scientific pushback to the distorting effects of an overwhelmingly leftwing professorhood is gaining momentum. This entry provides links to resources that have scientifically documented the nature and extent of the problem, and have begun proposing remedies.

Stereotype Inaccuracy: A Belief Impervious to Data

Most stereotypes that have been scientifically studied are more accurate than nearly all scientific hypotheses in social psychology. Liberals love to rail against how supposedly anti-scientific conservatives are. Why, then, are liberals so impervious to the data?

Political Distortion of Science: Stereotype Inaccuracy?

Social scientists routinely declare stereotypes to be inaccurate without citing a SHRED of data -- a single empirical study -- that has assessed the accuracy of stereotypes. This entry: 1. Documents this odd phenomenon; 2. Objects to it; and 2. Seeks to understand it as a manifestation of leftwing political biases.

Disclaimer: Political Bias Is About Science

Liberal biases distort social psychological science. This is not because liberals are any less moral or competent than conservatives.

Political Bias as a Threat to Social Psychology

This post introduces a new series of blogs on Political Bias. My previous series focused primarily on personal experiences of hostility. In contrast, this series will focus on DATA that bears on political discrimination in social psychology, and on how conventional "wisdom" is routinely distorted in ways that reflect and seem to "justify" left wing worldviews.

How to Have Better and More Sex (Maybe)

How to maximize sexual satisfaction and frequency: Romance a feminist and, for men, don't do the chores.

How Are Stereotypes Like the Weather?

Why do so many scientists seem to jettison their logical and critical thinking skills when it comes to stereotypes?

Liberal Bias and (Lack of) Research on Jews?

A commenter recently asked, "Why is there so little research on stereotypes of Jews?" I do not know for sure, but I suspect that the answer includes how leftwing political biases influence the questions scientists ask.

Liberal Bias in Social Psychology: Personal Experience III

Hostility and apoplexy: Common responses to my presentation of research findings that challenge liberal worldviews and narratives.

More Stereotype Accuracy

A new study shows that personality differences in the different states broadly correspond with American regional stereotypes.

Liberal Bias in Social Psychology: Personal Experience II

We performed a study showing that liberals were more biased in their perceptions of science than were conservatives. We could not get this published. When we removed all mention of liberals being more biased than conservatives, the paper was published.

Liberal Bias in Social Psychology: Personal Experience I

How liberal bias prevented a grant proposal from being funded, and was then exploited to get the exact same proposal funded.

Introduction to "Liberal Bias in Social Psychology"

Introduction to my new blog series on liberal bias in social psychology

When Can Psychological Science Be Believed?

Psychological research is sometimes, but not always, highly credible. Some quick guidelines are provided for use in figuring out when to take psychological research, and claims based on that research, seriously.

The Scientific Critique of (Mostly) Psychological Science

A listing of mostly scientific sources justifying deep skepticism about (mostly) psychological science is provided.

Seven Reasons Why You Should Distrust Science

Scientific studies and scientists' claims should be treated with extreme skepticism, especially in psychology, until they have been demonstrated and replicated by multiple independent teams of researchers, repeatedly, and with large samples.

Conservatives Distrust Science. Are They Right to Do So?

Conservatives distrust science more than do liberals. Distrusting science is scientifically well-justified...

Are Conservatives More "Anti-Science" Than Are Liberals?

Evidence is accumulating that conservatives are in greater denial, or, at least, less in touch with, scientific facts than are liberals. It is just that, in contrast to liberal accusations that conservatives are anti-scientific, the ideological differences in denial or out of touchedness are not very large.

Defining Stereotypes as Inaccurate Is Common and Irrational

Defining stereotypes as inaccurate is either logically incoherent (irrational) or it requires treating all prior research on stereotypes as invalid. Overstated? Read on...

Stereotypes Have Been Stereotyped!

Many social science perspectives on stereotypes are exaggerated, inaccurate, rigidly resistant to change in the face of relentless disconfirming evidence, and maintain their conclusions by virtue of a very selective focus on studies and findings that confirm the a priori belief in the irrationality and badness of stereotypes.

Stereotype Inaccuracy?

Psychologists who claim that stereotypes are inaccurate are either ignorant of the data, blinded by their politics, or both. Stereotype accuracy is one of the largest relationships in all of psychology, and stereotypes are more accurate than most psychological hypotheses.

Liberal Privilege in Psychology

A list of ways that liberal politics distorts psychological science is provided.

Unicorns of Social Psychology

A list of classic studies in social psychology that have proven impossible or difficult to replicate is provided.

Publish Replications, Publish Replications, Publish Replications (Including Failed Ones)

Failed replications should have high publication priority!

Social Psychological Unicorns: Do Failed Replications Dispel Scientific Myths?

Failed replications of dramatic, influential, highly cited studies help distinguish mythical from real findings in social psychology.

Do Politics Lead Social Scientists to Overstate Prejudice?

A recent NYTimes editorial by an economics graduate student at Harvard reached conclusions about racism that were entirely unjustified by his own and others' data. That type of overstated and unjustified claim: 1. Pervades the social sciences; 2. May often reflect political blinders that have no place in "science."

Nonscientific Influences on Social Psychology

Social psychology is not always as "scientific" as it cracks itself up to be.