The theory seems obvious: since stereotypes are just beliefs about groups, having more accurate stereotypes would be expected to be related to intelligence, just as having more accurate beliefs on most other topics relates to intelligence. The theoretical expectation of stereotype accuracy and intelligence is stronger because it’s a direct test of pattern recognition with […]

Camerer et al, Evaluating the replicability of social science experiments in Nature and Science between 2010 and 2015, Nature Human Behavior, 2018 Being able to replicate scientific findings is crucial for scientific progress. We replicate 21 systematically selected experimental studies in the social sciences published in Nature and Science between 2010 and 2015. The replications […]

Since people keep asking about my results on such tests, and because my position has been misrepresented (e.g. by Les Temps). There’s a lot of political tests online one can take, but some are more popular than others, and sensible. A popular choice is the libertarian-made, The World’s Smallest Political Quiz, a 10 item quiz […]

I was doing some work on my first name study preparing it for publication and was reading some old papers. McDavid, J. W., & Harari, H. (1966). Stereotyping of names and popularity in grade-school children. Child Development, 453-459. The relation between rated social desirability of first names and socio- metric popularity status in elementary-school children […]

I don’t think Malcolm Gladwell has been debunked hard enough, so here’s my contribution towards that goal. For Steven Pinker’s take, see here. Gladwell is essentially a story teller, and while he doesn’t directly make stuff up, as far as we know (unlike e.g. Jonah Lehrer), he plays fast and loose with sources. Some years […]