Keith E. Stanovich

Keith E. Stanovich

Keith E. Stanovich is professor emeritus of applied psychology and human development at the University of Toronto. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

The Social Science Monoculture Doubles Down

The Social Science Monoculture Doubles Down

Over the past 18 months, a number of significant events have occurred that were interpreted through two entirely different worldviews: COVID–19 lockdowns; rise of the BLM movement; the riots and violence in major cities; the US election process and its aftermath; and vaccine safety. Many influential commentators believe that

Keith E. Stanovich
Keith E. Stanovich
Psychology
The Bias that Divides Us

The Bias that Divides Us

As we sit here over six months after the initial lockdown provoked by COVID-19, the United States has moved out of a brief period of national unity into distressingly predictable and bitter partisan division. The return to this state of affairs has been fuelled by a cognitive trait that divides

Keith E. Stanovich
Keith E. Stanovich
Identity
What Is the Tribe of the Anti-Tribalists?

What Is the Tribe of the Anti-Tribalists?

Near the end of a much-discussed podcast in May entitled Identity & Honesty, Sam Harris and Ezra Klein have the following telling exchange: Ezra Klein: You have that bewildering experience because you donʼt realize when you keep saying that everybody else is thinking tribally, but youʼre not, that that is

Keith E. Stanovich
Keith E. Stanovich
Long Read
Were Trump Voters Irrational?

Were Trump Voters Irrational?

In September 2016, in collaboration with my colleagues Richard West and Maggie Toplak, I published a book titled The Rationality Quotient. In it, we described our attempt to create the first comprehensive test of rational thinking. The book is very much an academic volume, full of statistics and technical details.

Keith E. Stanovich
Keith E. Stanovich
US Election