Psychology Still Skews Western And Affluent. Can It Be Fixed? • Discoverology

Psychology Still Skews Western And Affluent. Can It Be Fixed?

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For decades, the overwhelming majority of psychology research has examined people who live in the United States and other affluent Western countries. By focusing on such a narrow population, psychology researchers have — mostly unwittingly — presented a skewed view of the human mind.

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