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What do we do with the WEIRD problem?

Kanazawa, Satoshi ORCID: 0000-0003-3786-8797 (2020) What do we do with the WEIRD problem? Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, 14 (4). pp. 342-346. ISSN 2330-2925

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Identification Number: 10.1037/ebs0000222


Evolutionary psychology is the study of universal human nature, so the WEIRD problem (the observation that almost all of our empirical data come from Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic societies and that individuals from such societies are often extreme outliers in their behavioral tendencies) is an existential problem for the field. I believe more attention should be directed toward solving this problem logically and theoretically, rather than empirically. I offer potential directions and pose some questions, which paradoxically suggest that the WEIRD problem may not be a problem after all. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved) Public Significance Statement: It may not be a problem that most experiments and studies in psychology are conducted in the United States and other Western societies, as such societies may provide the ideal place to study human behavior. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved)

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Additional Information: © 2020 American Psychological Association
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2022 09:27
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2024 02:33

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