Why Smarter People Can be More Judgemental

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You might think that being smart and more aware of the various cultures around you would help you avoid judging other people based on their looks. But studies show otherwise, you’re even more likely to make this mistake.

According to the study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology which had 1,257 participants, having superior cognitive power is mostly associated with high academic achievement and social adaptability.

However, the study also shows that some with high cognitive abilities can have negative consequences specifically, the people who are good at detecting patterns are especially quick to learn and apply social stereotypes (Judging others).

People with better pattern detection abilities are at greater risk of picking up on and applying stereotypes about social groups.

So if you are very judgemental then there is a good chance you have a pattern detection ability.

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