The more one worship celebrities, the poorer their cognitive test performance

| January 9, 2022 | 30 Comments

 

 

This meme shows how the New York Post portrays the study. However, the study did not determine the cause of why those who are into celebrity worship scored poor on the cognitive test.

 

Updated: Oath Keepers charged with sedition   Link HERE

 

A couple of researchers found that celebrity worship is related to lower cognitive test performance. This is an indication that if a person was into celebrities, the chances are strong that this individual would score low on a cognitive test. The study did not determine the cause for this relationship. Perhaps you’ve seen this among your friends and family, regarding their tendency regarding popular culture and regarding topics that matter such as current events, history, etc.

From the New York Post:

New research has deemed people obsessed with Hollywood gossip and A-list celebs to be not that smart — which will surely come as a blow to those who love poring over the pages of tabloid magazines and tuning into reality TV.

The study, published in BMC Psychology late last year, asserts that “there is a direct association between celebrity worship and poorer performance on cognitive tests” measuring both literacy and numeracy.

The study asked 1,763 Hungarian adults to undertake a 30-word vocabulary test and a digit symbol substitution test, before completing a “Celebrity Attitude Scale” questionnaire to determine their levels of interest in famous people.

Participants had to answer “yes” or “no” to a series of statements on the Celebrity Attitude Scale, including: “I often feel compelled to learn the personal habits of my favorite celebrity” and “I am obsessed by details of my favorite celebrity’s life.”

Another yes-or-no statement read: “If I were lucky enough to meet my favorite celebrity, and he/she asked me to do something illegal as a favor I would probably do it.”

Researchers found that high scores on the Celebrity Attitude Scale correlated with lower performance on the two cognitive ability tests. Participants were also asked about their income, material wealth and levels of education in order to gain the most detailed picture possible.

However, the researchers were unable to determine whether celebrity obsessives perform poorly on cognitive tests because they used their brainpower thinking about A-listers, or whether they were fixated on Hollywood gossip because they were already less intelligent to begin with.

The New York Post has more in the article here. You could also read the study at this link.

There’s a good chance that the folks that Mark Dice interviews on the streets, who are unable to answer his questions, or who fall for his pranks, know something about celebrities that we don’t know.

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Hack Stone

Hack Stone is just grateful that America is full of celebrities with Twitter accounts who are intelligent enough to tell us who we should vote for.

Old tanker

I get static from folks who are upset that I don’t care about some entertainer or athlete who dies. If all that person did was do pretend in front of a camera / stage or play a game they are less in stature to me than some carpenter’s helper. The entertainers produce nothing or real worth IMO. Now if they were a Vet / first responder before hand or while an actor, ie Jimmy Stewart,… Read more »

Green Thumb

Think “Dog” the Bounty Hunter.

KoB

’bout the only place I would follow any celeb would be a leggy Ms Thang (think Dana, Bridgett, Angie et al) into her dimly lit bedroom. IMHO most celebs AND the media are like an incurable social disease. I am also coginate of the fact that most of them have NO clue on important current events or history.

My heroes wear camo…walk softly…and operate things that go BOOM!

Anonymous

So, fans of the Kardashians ain’t all that…

George V

This does not surprise me. I remember when People mag came out and thinking “Who would spend money on this?”

The only celebrity information I find of interest is when older and usually dead celebrities are reported to have actual accomplishments, such as Jimmy Stewart flying B-24s in combat in WWII, or Hedy Lamarr developing spread spectrum radio comms.

Only Army Mom

The researchers, failing to state which came first are actually doing the right thing, as causation is different from correlation. And honestly in this case is irrelevant. Who said, “Small minds discuss people. Average minds discuss events. Great minds discuss ideas.” Can’t tell you how many times I’ve been mocked around the water cooler for not knowing squat about celebrities, being unable to name most, or what is going on with the latest ‘reality TV… Read more »

Only Army Mom

thebesig- always happy to connect another research geek who understands things like linear regression! I love how you laid this out and may ‘borrow’ it as an aid in teaching the concept of why being a discerning consumer of information matters. Beautifully done, BZ

Roh-Dog

I would like to offer a rebuttal to that statement, “Small minds discuss people…”.

Alec Baldwin shot two people.

From the links provided here at TAH’s sidebar: https://www.duffelblog.com/p/jack-ryan-accidentally-shoots-marko

Only Army Mom

Roh-dog – I give. I don’t get what you mean. Sincerely.

KoB

He’s doing a little leg pulling OAM. BAD -Dog! Baldwin played the part of Jack Ryan in the Motion Picture “The Hunt for Red October”. The Soviet Sub Commander wanted to defect, with the boat, and Ryan had to shoot the political officer.

Hatchet

Nope. Igor Loginov, a cook on Red October who was actually an undercover GRU intelligence officer. Loginov get’s discovered and fatally shoots Captain Lieutenant Kamarov and seriously wounds Ramius and Williams. Ryan tries to reason with the GRU agent, who refuses to listen and is eventually killed in a firefight in the submarine’s missile compartment. In retrospect, it was actually very cool of Alec Baldwin to let Sean Connery die of old age…

KoB

Thanks Hatchet…At least I got the pulling the leg part right. Been DECADES since I’ve read the book and NEVER watched the movie. Had ZERO phuques to give for anything that Baldwin ever performed in. Mainly remembered that Ryan shot one of the crew members. Don’t look at DB much since they went pay-per-view.

Know where we can find a pissed off JAL Wide Body Driver? Now THAT would be some Life imitating “art”.

Hatchet

‘Know where we can find a pissed off JAL Wide Body Driver?’

*shrug* eBay(marketplace of the effete-elite)..?

Hatchet

^^ THIS ‘Can’t tell you how many times I’ve been mocked around the water cooler for not knowing squat about celebrities, being unable to name most, or what is going on with the latest ‘reality TV show’. The only ‘reality’ TV I watch is home repair/improvement, not for the manufactured drama but for the occasional craftsmanship or interesting design ideas. Anyone else remember “This Old House”?’ Ditto OAM. I’ve been the target of a similar… Read more »

Commissioner Wretched

I’m in the same boat as you, OAM, regarding today’s so-called “celebrities.” A favorite story, and it is 100% absolutely true: One day, I was shopping for some supplies at Staples, and as I was checking out, I noticed a poster of a rather attractive young lady near the exit. The poster advised me to “Enter and win a trip to Hollywood and to meet Katy Perry.” I looked at the young lady checking me… Read more »

Hatchet

Hollywood? Reminds me of the Tinsetown question: What does one find when they scratch the surface of Hollywood?

More surface…

Odie

Tim Allen has quite the collection of classic cars and some one off builds. He was friends with some big shot, but down to earth product manager at GM who built (by GM) Tim an impala SS with LT5 power. No, I don’t care about his private life as a celebrity, but he does have a shared interest, and that’s interesting vehicles. 450 plus horsepower to the wheels makes for an interesting ride in my… Read more »

A Proud Infidel®™️

I genuinely don’t GAFF about Celebrities other than watching some of them in movies or occasionally when I bother to watch TV and I enjoy seeing the look on some Celebrity junkie’s face when I ask them something like “Who is Kim Kardashian?”

MarineDad61

Also applies to those who worship politicians / political celebrities. Just in… 1st Federal charges for SEDITION. FOUNDER of the OATH KEEPERS + 10 other Oath Keepers. [“The seditious conspiracy indictment alleges that, following the Nov. 3, 2020, presidential election, Rhodes conspired with his co-defendants and others to oppose by force the execution of the laws governing the transfer of presidential power by Jan. 20, 2021,” Justice Department wrote in a release.] [FBI arrests Oath… Read more »

MarineDad61

National source… FOX NEWS.

[DOJ charges Oath Keepers founder,
10 others with seditious conspiracy
related to Jan. 6 riot]
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/doj-charges-oath-keepers-founder-10-others-seditious-conspiracy-jan-6-riot

Roh-Dog

Lolz. Hopefully this will be the Last Act by the Department of Injustice in spinning this narrative.

At this point it’s gotten VERY old.

MarineDad61

Roh-Dog,
Actually, it’s NEW.
I’ve been reading squawks of
“no one has been charged with sedition”
for many months, right here at VG.

Not sure if other groups or individuals
will get charged like these Oath Keepers.

However, my gut says these Oath Keeper nutjobs
will flip on others, possibly many others,
to lessen their own felony convictions and sentences.

So, expect more.

Roh-Dog

I’m well aware its new news. Just listened to the lawer (sic) of Mr Rhodes Esq give a report of his opinion on the whys-and-hows. “However, my gut says these Oath Keeper nutjobs will flip on others, possibly many others, to lessen their own felony convictions and sentences.” You may be correct of this as I’m SURE the FBI didn’t fabricate evidence to support over-charging. Time will tell but I’d put a G on Rhodes… Read more »

MarineDad61

Roh-Dog,
We’ll see.
This article drops out of view now,
only days old,
due to the many more recent articles,
and not sure how many will actually see our back and forth here.

MarineDad61

So, this begs the debate of 2016 vs. 2020.

We all know that TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome)
was fueled not by any worship of Hillary Clinton,
but by sheer hate of Donald Trump (beating Hillary in 2016).

So, what fueled January 6, 2021?
Was it hate of Biden (beating Trump in 2020),
or was it worship of celebrity outgoing President Trump?

MarineDad61

BYLINE added to this article.

Dave Hardin

Check in at zero dark thirty for the new post in the morning.

MarineDad61

Thanks, Dave. 🙂