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Study Ties Political Leanings to Hidden Biases
Washington Post ^ | January 30, 2006 | Shankar Vedantam

Posted on 01/30/2006 9:33:42 AM PST by SteveMcKing

Study Ties Political Leanings to Hidden Biases

By Shankar Vedantam
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, January 30, 2006

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"In my own family, for example, there are stark differences, not just of opinion but very profound differences in how we view the world," said Brenda Major, a psychologist at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the president of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, which had a conference last week that showcased several provocative psychological studies about the nature of political belief.
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Emory University psychologist Drew Westen put self-identified Democratic and Republican partisans in brain scanners and asked them to evaluate negative information about various candidates. Both groups were quick to spot inconsistency and hypocrisy -- but only in candidates they opposed.
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The psychologist observed that the way these subjects dealt with unwelcome information had curious parallels with drug addiction as addicts also reward themselves for wrong-headed behavior.
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For their study, Nosek, Banaji and social psychologist Erik Thompson culled self-acknowledged views about blacks from nearly 130,000 whites, who volunteered online to participate in a widely used test of racial bias that measures the speed of people's associations between black or white faces and positive or negative words. The researchers examined correlations between explicit and implicit attitudes and voting behavior in all 435 congressional districts.
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The analysis found that substantial majorities of Americans, liberals and conservatives, found it more difficult to associate black faces with positive concepts than white faces -- evidence of implicit bias. But districts that registered higher levels of bias systematically produced more votes for Bush.

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To: TexasCajun
How would it be reported if racist republicans elected a Black Woman for President?

I love these softballs...

White Woman Masquerading As Black Steals Presidency!

51 posted on 01/30/2006 10:09:57 AM PST by Publius6961
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To: SteveMcKing
a widely used test of racial bias that measures the speed of people's associations between black or white faces and positive or negative words

Measures the SPEED? Good heavens, psychology gets less credible every day.

52 posted on 01/30/2006 10:10:07 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Brilliant
"I hope the "study" was not funded with tax dollars."

The article only mentions this study, that study and some other study. Good luck finding out if they even exist.

53 posted on 01/30/2006 10:11:24 AM PST by spunkets
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To: SteveMcKing

I hope this jerk realized that she has injected HER bias!


54 posted on 01/30/2006 10:11:44 AM PST by BunnySlippers (fH`)
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To: Peach

< And yet it was Republicans who overwhelmingly passed the Civil Rights Act, vs. the Democrats who tried to defeat it. >

Yeah...and I can't believe Cal Thomas let Neal Gabler get by with saying just the opposite on Newswatch last week. Cal started to rebut him and then got sidetracked. Gabler was just wrong.


55 posted on 01/30/2006 10:11:55 AM PST by GOP_Proud ("The only reason you're not unconcious is I don't want to carry you."...Jack Bauer)
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To: sarasota

Yeah this is a bunch of BS.


56 posted on 01/30/2006 10:12:44 AM PST by pepperhead (Kennedy's float, Mary Jo's don't!)
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To: Oniolover

"I hope Condi does choose to run."

She's as entitled to a run, if she wants it, as any other Republican, and more qualified than most. Watch the total mental breakdown on the left if she does, though. Her marital status will be demagogued by gays and lesbians, her race will be demagogued by Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the NAACP, and her accomplishments denigrated by self-styled feminists who think they're advancing the cause of women. And all in the name of their failed socialist ideology. The ugly hypocrisy will be laid bare, which will ultimately be a good thing, come to think of it, so I may very well be with you on this.


57 posted on 01/30/2006 10:12:50 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: SteveMcKing

This explains all the blacks in the Democrat party in positions of power.


58 posted on 01/30/2006 10:13:31 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: SteveMcKing

a ripe load of HORSE SH*T.


59 posted on 01/30/2006 10:15:21 AM PST by Vaquero (time again for the Crusades.)
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To: SteveMcKing

I'm biased against idiot psychologists!


60 posted on 01/30/2006 10:15:31 AM PST by airborne
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To: Oniolover
I hope Janice Rogers Brown is the next Supreme Court nominee. Then we can see who the real racists are.
61 posted on 01/30/2006 10:17:12 AM PST by pepperhead (Kennedy's float, Mary Jo's don't!)
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To: SteveMcKing

Thank you, Kanye West!


62 posted on 01/30/2006 10:17:29 AM PST by smartin (The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.)
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To: RegulatorCountry
Funny how feminists always just submit to the Dim party line, isn't it?

This fellow nailed it perfectly!

"8. Feminists generally lack the courage to act as individuals.

My first college free speech controversy (way back in 1997) involved a business professor who tried to stop the student newspaper from publishing a column called the “sexual horoscopes.” He claimed that the column was “indecent.” Then he tried to set up a panel to filter “indecent” material before the student paper went to press. I took him on in front of the Faculty Senate and won. In fact, I won big.

But before I won there was a vigorous debate on the Faculty Senate mailing list. It went on for days before someone made the observation that all of the participants in the debate were males. A few days later, a feminist group published a joint response signed by two dozen feminists.

I saw the significance of this pattern immediately. The men all had individual opinions. The feminists all had the same opinion. The men embraced individualism. The feminists embraced collectivism.

In this article:

Article

Femenists, like all cows, have a herd mentality...

63 posted on 01/30/2006 10:18:12 AM PST by Publius6961
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To: coconutt2000

I'm screwed because I support President Bush AND I'm black. Who the hell am I s'posed to hate. Any suggestions.... anybody?


64 posted on 01/30/2006 10:23:46 AM PST by brwnsuga (Proud, Black, Conservative!)
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To: SteveMcKing

I would like to see this study duplicated with a different database. Cause I don't think they can.

I'm calling BS.


65 posted on 01/30/2006 10:25:28 AM PST by TexanToTheCore (Rock the pews, Baby)
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To: SteveMcKing
"If anyone in Washington is skeptical about these findings, they are in denial... Republicans are supported by whites with prejudice against blacks".

ahem...


66 posted on 01/30/2006 10:25:30 AM PST by new cruelty
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To: pepperhead

"I hope Janice Rogers Brown is the next Supreme Court nominee."

I've been hoping JRB would be nominated going back to the previous Supreme Court nomination, and hoped for a JRB nomination for the current one as well.


67 posted on 01/30/2006 10:25:48 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: SteveMcKing
What a bunch of crap from white leftists. And if I have any negative biases - it is against rich white postmodern leftists.

I want to see the methodology of this "study."

68 posted on 01/30/2006 10:25:54 AM PST by Dan from Michigan ("What does a guy have to do to get fired around here?" - Darryl Rogers, former Lions Coach)
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To: edcoil

I hope nobody tells my white husband or bi-racial kids (definitely different shades than me) ...or my parents for that matter who are both different shades than me (Mom-lighter, Dad Darker)


69 posted on 01/30/2006 10:25:58 AM PST by brwnsuga (Proud, Black, Conservative!)
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To: brwnsuga

"Any suggestions.... anybody?"

Maybe the manipulative would-be overlords who consistently foist divisive, dependency-encouraging statist "law" upon us through judicial fiat?


71 posted on 01/30/2006 10:28:30 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: brwnsuga

"I'm screwed because I support President Bush AND I'm black. Who the hell am I s'posed to hate. Any suggestions.... anybody?"

Umm.....no that won't work.
aahhh....no can't do that, too circular...

I guess you're SOL.


72 posted on 01/30/2006 10:28:44 AM PST by TexanToTheCore (Rock the pews, Baby)
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To: brwnsuga

Hey! how about left wing garden gnomes? I hate them too!!!!!


73 posted on 01/30/2006 10:30:43 AM PST by TexanToTheCore (Rock the pews, Baby)
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To: MarineBrat

I can count on my fingers and toes the number of blacks enmeshed in "black" culture that I respect. Let me tell a related tale...

I am not sure what you mean by being enmeshed in "black" culture. I am proud of my heritage and history, love black music, people, athletes, soul food,black literature and poetry ....I consider myself a lover of black culture. That being said I vote Republican, 2nd ammendment rights, I'm pro-life, against same-sex-marriage. Faithfully married, military wife, teach Sunday school. I'm as conservative as I can be being black. There are probably tons of black folk that you could respect if you got to know them better. We are just like you.


74 posted on 01/30/2006 10:32:11 AM PST by brwnsuga (Proud, Black, Conservative!)
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To: TexanToTheCore

"Hey! how about left wing garden gnomes?"

That only covers Helen Thomas and Madeline Halfbright ... not inclusive enough.


75 posted on 01/30/2006 10:32:22 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: brwnsuga

You can hate me, if it makes you feel better. I won't take it personally.

:^)


76 posted on 01/30/2006 10:34:00 AM PST by Disambiguator (Making accusations of racism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.)
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To: coconutt2000
Umm... Where are the black people?

It's an academic thing...you wouldn't understand...

(but seriously, don't you love these ivory-tower hypocrites)
77 posted on 01/30/2006 10:34:10 AM PST by VOA
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To: RegulatorCountry

Nope, already been done.


78 posted on 01/30/2006 10:34:33 AM PST by brwnsuga (Proud, Black, Conservative!)
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To: TexanToTheCore

Good suggestion. Down with L-wing gnomes!


79 posted on 01/30/2006 10:36:24 AM PST by brwnsuga (Proud, Black, Conservative!)
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To: brwnsuga
There are probably tons of black folk that you could respect if you got to know them better. We are just like you.

I agree, good people are good people no matter what color they are.

80 posted on 01/30/2006 10:38:38 AM PST by pepperhead (Kennedy's float, Mary Jo's don't!)
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To: VOA

"Umm... Where are the black people?"

Reminds me of the time I was smitten with a bookish, highly intelligent and fun woman who was rather to the left, politically ... she insisted that I go to a speaking engagement by an author she loved, who proceeded to go on and on at length about how important it was to break down racial barriers and to go out and educate the world about the evils of segregation. The entirely white, liberal audience nodded sagely and practically patted themselves on the back for their enlightenment, and didn't understand at all why I found them amusing.


81 posted on 01/30/2006 10:40:42 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: SteveMcKing

Rush talking about this now....


82 posted on 01/30/2006 10:41:13 AM PST by capydick
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To: mlc9852

Why not? Most of they publish is tripe.


83 posted on 01/30/2006 10:42:29 AM PST by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: Dan from Michigan
" I want to see the methodology of this "study."

You mean, this study, that study and the other study? Good luck. trying to get them. If you do, you'll be looking at the equivalent of analyzing patterns in concrete texture, that show evidence of bias in Bush backers. Even though you could prove it, the morons won't believe you, because "you're in denial".

84 posted on 01/30/2006 10:42:33 AM PST by spunkets
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To: coconutt2000; SteveMcKing

"And the man who worked hard to bring you this story, Shankar Vedantam
of the Washington Post... "

Well, at least he should know a caste system when he sees it.
And now is helping to build a secular caste system in which anyone
who isn't as enlightened as these academics is now to be an "untouchable"...


85 posted on 01/30/2006 10:43:37 AM PST by VOA
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To: SteveMcKing
My daughter had to take one of these "tests" as a class assignment. Out of curiosity, I took it as well. It reminded me of a 3 Card Monte game. They first drill you click with your right middle finger when a photo of a white person or a positive word (eg "happiness") appears on the screen, and with your left middle fingerwhen a black photo or negative word appears. Then they switch things around. Once you're in a particular groove you get thrown off when things are reversed. If you are slower on the second round, it is allegedly a sign of latent preference for whites over blacks.

This seems like complete BS--pseudoscience at its worst. How this can possibly be validated is beyond me, and any "test" that can't be validated independently is garbage. Another tipoff to the pseudoscientific nature of the exercise--when my daughter raised these objections in class, her teacher accused her of "denying her biases." Such responses are common in pseudosciences--note that Marxists claimed that critics were just reflecting latent class biases, and Freudians attacked critics as being prisoners of an unconscious mind that couldn't accept the truth. These are non-refutable "theories" and hence unscientific.

86 posted on 01/30/2006 10:46:50 AM PST by financeprof
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To: SteveMcKing
[ Psychological Study Finds Bush Backers More Biased Against Blacks ]

True.. but The Truth is in the details NOT mentioned..
Bush backers are more biased against WHITES AS WELL...

Liberals are not only black.. but white, women, Queers, Oprahs Harpo'crites, and even latins.. Some Bush backers are even biased against Bush and other big government republicans..

87 posted on 01/30/2006 10:48:35 AM PST by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole..)
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To: SteveMcKing
The analysis found that substantial majorities of Americans, liberals and conservatives, found it more difficult to associate black faces with positive concepts than white faces -- evidence of implicit bias.

Evidence that people are more inclined to belive their lying eyes than all your P.C. brainwashing.

88 posted on 01/30/2006 10:49:33 AM PST by LK44-40
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To: financeprof
...when my daughter raised these objections in class, her teacher
accused her of "denying her biases."


Tell your daughter that she won this battle.
Her teacher is probably still fuming that she couldn't get your
daughter into a full "show trial" and shipped to a gulag.
89 posted on 01/30/2006 10:52:02 AM PST by VOA
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To: SteveMcKing

90 posted on 01/30/2006 11:04:04 AM PST by pabianice
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To: SteveMcKing


Study comes out saying that blacks commit more crime. The left calls it racist, sexist, homophobic and tells us we shouldn't pay attention to it.

Study comes out saying that whites are racist, sexist and homophobic. The left touts it as showing there is a problem in our society.

The only difference between these two studies is the skin colors involved. Sounds like left wing racism to me...


91 posted on 01/30/2006 11:09:07 AM PST by Tzimisce
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To: Gay State Conservative
When they're running for office they do.But when it comes to choosing a place to live or a place to send their kids to school,they think differently.

That's why the Kennedys,Clintons,Kerrys,etc,choose to live in Chappaqua,Hyannisport and Beacon Hill and also why they made sure their kids never set foot in a *public* school.

Brilliant point!

92 posted on 01/30/2006 11:18:23 AM PST by Niteranger68 ("Only 4 out of 3 Democrats actually vote.")
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To: SteveMcKing
nearly 130,000 whites, who volunteered online

Can't argue with such solid scientific criteria.

93 posted on 01/30/2006 11:24:58 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: fizziwig

"Or he believed they were qualified for the job."

No doubt he did... particulary in Condoleeza Rice's case. But if you think their race had nothing to do with most of their nominations or appointments, I think that's politically naive.


94 posted on 01/30/2006 11:34:29 AM PST by Pessimist
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To: brwnsuga

[MB> I can count on my fingers and toes the number of blacks enmeshed in "black" culture that I respect. Let me tell a related tale...

[B>  I am not sure what you mean by being enmeshed in "black" culture. I am proud of my heritage and history, love black music, people, athletes, soul food,black literature and poetry ....I consider myself a lover of black culture. That being said I vote Republican, 2nd ammendment rights, I'm pro-life, against same-sex-marriage. Faithfully married, military wife, teach Sunday school. I'm as conservative as I can be being black. There are probably tons of black folk that you could respect if you got to know them better. We are just like you.

 Thank you for your family's dedication to serving our country!

By "black culture" I'm referring to modern liberal American, black culture.  Of course this is not limited to blacks at all, but blacks have seemed to followed their "leaders" into that abyss more than other cultures, percentage wise.  Basically it's the combination of someone of African decent who has fully submersed into the pool of modern liberalism & cultural junk-food.  There is so little visible traditional black culture left in America.  Traditional black culture is being lost at a death-spiral rate, as is traditional American culture.  It's been lost to the democrats (socialists today) and the mass marketers, not to mention the demographics of an immigrant invasion.  Traditional conservative blacks like Bill Cosby, who has been my hero since 1964, are attacked as all manner of vile thing by today's "black" culture.  Today, conservative Christians are routinely labeled as extremists and are marginalized.  If my neighbor is a black man who espouses traditional American values, then I welcome him as if he's my long lost brother.  Our neighborhoods need more men like him, and more women like his wife, and more kids like his kids.

When I see someone who has rejected traditional human rules of personal responsibility, and ascribes to an institutionalized victimhood for a group (any group), I am repulsed.  And when I'm repulsed, that provides the negative feedback into the vicious cycle that perpetuates the belief within that group that I am indeed the source of their problem.  That is the link of flawed-logic to the story about my step-dad's parishioner who provided such a clear look at how this sort of thing feeds upon itself.

And just in case it makes any difference, to let you know where I'm coming from, I have a personal stake in the survival of traditional black culture.  I literally and honestly do not care what color a person's skin is.  My legally adopted daughter (teenager now) is black, and I go for many days or weeks before I remember even in passing that she's "black" (quoted to symbolize all of the connotations that society has applied to the word).  She's my daughter, God himself has charged me with her care, and It's just not important to me what color her skin is.  Except that now she's a teenager and is occasionally experimenting with makeup when she has sleepovers, which makes me anxious.  But that's for another thread.  :)

I am significantly biased against liberalism.  And I'm very biased against what I see on TV, presented as popular culture, because everybody is a victim today.... except for me.  And it's a rarity for me to find a good reason to respect any group who publishes material where I can't reverse the words "Black & White" in a story without creating a racist out of someone.  I carry a severe bias against it if the story can't be made colorblind, which is what Dr. King believed in, and what our society should be.

95 posted on 01/30/2006 11:50:23 AM PST by MarineBrat (Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand.)
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Hey Shankar Vedantam & the Washington Compost


96 posted on 01/30/2006 11:54:29 AM PST by Babu
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To: Larry Lucido
Can't argue with such solid scientific criteria.

LOL!

This is defined in the dictionary under "FRAUD', subsecton "Self-selected sample"...

97 posted on 01/30/2006 12:00:09 PM PST by Publius6961
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To: SteveMcKing

"culled self-acknowledged views about blacks from nearly 130,000 whites, who volunteered online to participate in a widely used test of racial bias"

So they are calling this a valid study? They used people who volunteered online? Then they concluded that among those who lived in districts that GWB carried, there were more racists, therefore Republicans have a built in bias?

They must be using the Bill O'Wrongly process of logic.


98 posted on 01/30/2006 12:09:28 PM PST by RouxStir (Peaceful muslim...The Ultimate Oxymoron!)
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To: fizziwig; financeprof; RouxStir; VOA

Indeed my goal was to lay focus on the kind of human beings who produce these studies - but if the study itself is lame or invalid, then all the more poignant.


99 posted on 01/30/2006 12:53:24 PM PST by SteveMcKing
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To: SteveMcKing
Emory University psychologist Drew Westen put self-identified Democratic and Republican partisans in brain scanners and asked them to evaluate negative information about various candidates

Maybe getting a tin foil hat is not so crazy or paranoid after all.

100 posted on 01/30/2006 2:11:36 PM PST by murdoog
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