Why we need more behavioral studies on diverse populations


Mikala Kass

Social and behavioral science has a bias problem, argues Arizona State University Professor Daniel Hruschka in The Conversation.

“The vast majority of what we know about human psychology and behavior comes from studies conducted with a narrow slice of humanity — college students, middle-class respondents living near universities and highly educated residents of wealthy, industrialized and democratic nations,” he says.

To overcome this bias and create more accurate research, Hruschka proposes that scientists study more diverse communities, as well as begin to account for how culture and environment create unique human thought and behavior, rather than rely on the idea of universal human norms.

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