Times Higher Education:
The study of prejudice and discrimination has been one of the cornerstones of social psychology since the 1950s. But new research suggests that as well as studying discrimination, social psychologists may engage in it themselves. In a paper in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science, Yoel Inbar and Joris Lammers from Tilburg University find a striking – and perhaps concerning – relationship between the political ideology of social psychologists (who are typically liberal or left wing) and a willingness to discriminate against their politically conservative (right-wing) colleagues.
In two surveys of members of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology – in the US, Canada and Europe – respondents who identified as strongly liberal were more likely to say they would vote against an openly conservative job candidate, or rate papers and grant proposals more negatively if they seemed to be promoting a conservative agenda.
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