Professional psychology researchers have a bias it is claimed. A bias that distorts their research. One that does a disservice with respect to the pure pursuit of knowledge. So suggests Lee Jussim Ph.D. in the following post,
The abstract for the coming paper describes the problem,
“Psychologists have demonstrated the value of diversity—particularly diversity of viewpoints—for enhancing creativity, discovery, and problem solving. But one key type of viewpoint diversity is lacking in academic psychology in general and social psychology in particular: political diversity. This article reviews the available evidence and finds support for four claims: 1) Academic psychology once had considerable political diversity, but has lost nearly all of it in the last 50 years; 2) This lack of political diversity can undermine the validity of social psychological science via mechanisms such as the embedding of liberal values into research questions and methods, steering researchers away from important but politically unpalatable research topics, and producing conclusions that mischaracterize liberals and conservatives alike; 3) Increased political diversity would improve social psychological science by reducing the impact of bias mechanisms such as confirmation bias, and by empowering dissenting minorities to improve the quality of the majority’s thinking; and 4) The underrepresentation of non-liberals in social psychology is most likely due to a combination of self-selection, hostile climate, and discrimination. We close with recommendations for increasing political diversity in social psychology.”
(Highlighted sections by Farm Boy)
I commend the authors for considering, and more so, researching this subject. Of particular interest here is steering researchers away from important but politically unpalatable research topics. This is a sore point with respect to the manosphere. What the manosphere has done due to the lack of research in certain areas with respect to women is create that research itself. There is a real need for men to understand the situation that has befallen male/female relationships, and men (with some women) have done the job that academia has refused to do. Theories are posted, peer reviewed through comments, new ideas formed, and new revised posts with improved knowledge are forthcoming (ideally). Of course, this is an unscientific process based primarily on anecdotes (though lots of them). It would be ideal if academia would pick up the ball on this and do some research in politically incorrect areas. I believe that we should help them hit the ground running. After all, we do have a head start. So I propose that we suggest research topics. I will start. Commenters, please chime in.