Social Intolerance Is Not Linked To Low Education: Study Finds

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Social Intolerance Is Not Linked To Low Education

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A team of researchers at the University of Helsinki, Finland, explored how cognitive styles influence social intolerance. The study is published in the journal Brain And Behavior.

The Study

The researchers assessed data from surveys conducted in the years 1962–2012, involving a total of 3596 participants. They assessed factors like cognitive capacity and performance, social intolerance, education levels, etc.

The Findings

The results revealed that the development of social intolerance is unrelated to low education levels, non-rational thinking, and untapped cognitive potential. Instead, this negative approach appeared to be fostered by low flexibility and persistence, as well as high perseverance.

The authors elaborated: “Our findings tentatively suggest that targeting certain cognitive styles (i.e., how an individual processes acquired knowledge) would more effectively diminish social intolerance, if supposing that there might be some causal relationships between cognitive styles and social intolerance.

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Saarinen, A., Keltikangas-Järvinen, L., Dobewall, H., Cloninger, C. R., Ahola-Olli, A., Lehtimäki, T., Hutri-Kähönen, N., Raitakari, O., Rovio, S., & Ravaja, N. (2022). Does social intolerance vary according to cognitive styles, genetic cognitive capacity, or education?. Brain and behavior, 12(9), e2704.

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