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Systems of (non-)diversity

Abstract

Intrinsic to the social, educational and behavioural sciences is the aim of addressing patterned variation in human thought and action across settings. Surprisingly, however, empirical work in these sciences continues to be limited by a lack of diversity in study populations, research methodology and the researchers themselves. This Perspective analyses these dimensions of diversity as they are situated in and affected by the larger organizational systems for publication, grants and academic advancement. This complex system appears to operate in a mutually reinforcing manner to discourage diversity. Our analysis suggests that diversity goals central to our sciences will require systems-level action rather than a focus on any one component in isolation.

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Medin, D., Ojalehto, B., Marin, A. et al. Systems of (non-)diversity. Nat Hum Behav 1, 0088 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-017-0088

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