Change in belief of racial stereotypes over time

I picked up a textbook on race relations in the United States and globally from a used bookstore a while back. The book is called Race and Ethnic Relations: American and Global Perspectives (Eight Edition) by Martin N. Marger. There was an interesting chart compiling data on white americans’ stereotypes of blacks over time (p. 199). See below:

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The Doll Tests

In the era of Brown v. Board, a series of experiments were presented in order to prove the harmful effects of segregation on black children. The design was thought up by Kenneth and Mamie Clark: essentially, they used multiple dolls of different races and asked students in segregated schools to pick which doll they preferred. What they showed was that black children were more likely to pick the white dolls over the black dolls (Clark and Clark, 1947). While this set of studies was not fundamental in the Brown v. Board case, they are probably the most well known part of it. This is despite the test being very bad.

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China is the most socially progressive country ever

The transgender suicide rate is known to be far greater than that of the cisgender suicide rate. In the United States, it has been reported at various levels; usually, it is found that 40 to 50 percent of transgenders in the United States will attempt to commit suicide within their lifetime (eg. Thoma et al. 2019; Beech, 2019).

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Correlates of discriminatory behavior

In this post, I am going to go over a number of different predictors and correlates of discriminatory behavior and prejudiced behavior, such as racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. The main topics discussed will be personality correlates of discrimination, cognitive functioning of people who are more discriminatory towards others, and the heritability of discrimination.

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Are Presidents More Controversial in Their Second Term?

An interesting study idea I had. Would not be difficult to do. Essentially, the hypothesis is that presidents are more controversial in their second term because they don’t have to worry about re-election. One additional prediction could be that this association increased after FDR’s presidency because it was made law that presidents couldn’t take more than two terms. A reason this might not be as strong is that George Washington’s precedent was strong enough to dissuade anyone else from taking more than two terms anyways.

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On Single Motherhood and Crime

So, the most popular option offered by conservatives to explain race differences in crime or criminology in general is single motherhood. Some popular pundits who expunge this theory are Larry Elder, Thomas Sowell, and Charlie Kirk. Overall, this theory is strongly flawed.

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Getting rid of traffic laws

After getting a (second) speeding ticket today, I decided to revisit an interesting topic: open roads. Essentially, this has been done in a few European countries. It is a system where there are really no traffic laws. The roads are shared by bikers, pedestrians, and cars (in some cases), and things like speed limits, traffic lights, etc. are done away with. To drivers like me, this is paradise. But is it sustainable?

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Psychedelic Usage May Boost Intelligence

Recently, I posted a couple studies on Twitter which suggested long-term ayahuasca use increased intelligence.

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Response to Richardson and Norgate (2015): “Does IQ Really Predict Job Performance?”

Ken Richardson is a figure in the psychometric world who has made some pretty bold claims about g, heritability, and IQ testing as a whole. Out of his many (flawed) works, there is one in particular I wished to respond to. Richardson and Norgate (2015) argue that the correlation between IQ and job performance is, at best, greatly overestimated by the pro-IQ side (figures such as Ian Deary, Richard Haier, Arthur Jensen, and most notably in the job performance debate, Frank Schmidt and John Hunter) and at worst, entirely useless. Do their arguments hold up?

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