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Lack of political diversity and the framing of findings in personality and clinical psychology

  • Scott O. Lilienfeld (a1)

I extend the arguments of Duarte et al. by examining the implications of political uniformity for the framing of findings in personality and clinical psychology. I argue that the one-sided framing of psychological research on political ideology has limited our understanding of the personality correlates of liberalism and conservatism.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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  • EISSN: 1469-1825
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