Weirdness is in the eye of the beholder

Will M. Bennis, Douglas L Medin

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Henrich et al.'s critical review demonstrating that psychology research is over-reliant on WEIRD samples is an important contribution to the field. Their stronger claim that WEIRD subjects are particularly unusual is less convincing, however. We argue that WEIRD people's apparent distinct weirdness is a methodological side-effect of psychology's over-reliance on WEIRD populations for developing its methods and theoretical constructs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-86
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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