I don't mean to refer to weird people, but the acronym that stands for westernised, educated people from industrialised, rich democracies
my question is : if a large portion of psychological studies are based on psychology students in the US and Western Europe, how can you tell whether your findings can be extrapolated beyond this small segment of the total human population ?
Psychologists claim to speak of human nature, the study argues, but they have mostly been telling us about a group of WEIRD outliers, as the study calls them — Westernized, educated people from industrialized, rich democracies.
According to the study, 68 percent of research subjects in a sample of hundreds of studies in leading psychology journals came from the United States, and 96 percent from Western industrialized nations. Of the American subjects, 67 percent were undergraduates studying psychology — making a randomly selected American undergraduate 4,000 times likelier to be a subject than a random non-Westerner.
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