Is it Safe to Trust? Smarter People Do It — Oxford U
|March 31, 2014||Posted by Staff under Social Change|
This 2014 excerpt of Psych Central, Mar 14, is by Traci Pedersen.
When it comes to trusting others, intelligent people are more likely to give the benefit of the doubt, while those who score lower on IQ tests are more likely to have trust issues, according to a new study by Oxford University.
The findings, published in the journal PLOS ONE, are based on an analysis of the General Social Survey — a nationally representative public opinion survey given every one to two years.
The research supports the previous findings of studies on trust and intelligence from European countries. Social trust is vital to the success of social institutions — such as welfare systems and financial markets. Furthermore, research shows that individuals who trust others tend to enjoy better health and greater happiness.
Ed. Notes: Maybe smarter people are just more wishful thinkers, seeing how much better the world really could be!