ABSTRACT

Social scientists have long known that political beliefs bias the way they think about, understand, and interpret the world around them. In this volume, scholars from social psychology and related fields explore the ways in which social scientists themselves have allowed their own political biases to influence their research. These biases may influence the development of research hypotheses, the design of studies and methods and materials chosen to test hypotheses, decisions to publish or not publish results based on their consistency with one’s prior political beliefs, and how results are described and dissemination to the popular press. The fact that these processes occur within academic disciplines, such as social psychology, that strongly skew to the political left compounds the problem. Contributors to this volume not only identify and document the ways that social psychologists’ political beliefs can and have influenced research, but also offer solutions towards a more depoliticized social psychology that can become a model for discourse across the social sciences.

chapter 1|3 pages

Introduction to the Politics of Social Psychology

ByJarret T. Crawford, Lee Jussim

part 1|73 pages

How Politicized Social Psychology Undermines Theory Generation and Hypothesis Testing

chapter 3|18 pages

Norms and Explanations in Social and Political Psychology

ByMark J. Brandt, Anna Katarina Spälti

chapter 4|18 pages

Does Political Ideology Hinder Insights on Gender and Labor Markets?

ByCharlotta Stern

chapter 5|16 pages

Neglected Trade-offs in Social Justice Research

ByChris C. Martin

part 2|57 pages

How Politicized Social Psychology Distorts Research Methods and Design

chapter 6|20 pages

Scale Creation, Use, and Misuse

How Politics Undermines Measurement
ByChristine Reyna

chapter 7|17 pages

The Politics of the Psychology of Prejudice

ByJarret T. Crawford

chapter 8|20 pages

Rethinking the Rigidity of the Right Model

Three Suboptimal Methodological Practices and Their Implications
ByAriel Malka, Yphtach Lelkes, Nissan Holzer

part 3|54 pages

How Politicized Social Psychology Distorts Interpretation of Research

chapter 9|19 pages

Jumping to Conclusions

Advocacy and Application of Psychological Research
ByGregory Mitchell

chapter 10|12 pages

Socio-political Values Infiltrate the Assessment of Scientific Research

ByStephen J. Ceci, Wendy M. Williams

chapter 11|23 pages

The Bullet-point Bias

How Diluted Science Communications Can Impede Social Progress
ByHart Blanton, Elif G. Ikizer

part 4|54 pages

Political Discrimination in Social Psychology

chapter 12|19 pages

Paranoid Egalitarian Meliorism

An Account of Bias in the Social Sciences
ByBo Winegard, Benjamin Winegard

chapter 13|35 pages

Political Exclusion and Discrimination in Social Psychology

Lived Experiences and Solutions
BySean T. Stevens, Lee Jussim, Stephanie M. Anglin, Richard Contrada, Cheryl Alyssa Welch, Jennifer S. Labrecque, Matt Motyl, Jose Duarte, Sylvia Terbeck, Walter Sowden, John Edlund, W. Keith Campbell

part 5|37 pages

Towards a De-Politicized Social Psychological Science

chapter 14|-1 pages

Interrupting Bias in Psychological Science

Evolutionary Psychology as a Guide
ByJoshua M. Tybur, C. David Navarrete

chapter 15|17 pages

Possible Solutions for a Less Politicized Social Psychological Science

ByLee Jussim, Jarret T. Crawford