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Researchers Thrashed by Social Media for Branding the South African Women as ‘coloured’ in a Test Conducted for Cognitive Functioning

Sangita Mukherjee Apr 24, 2019

A Stellenbosch University consider that discovered shaded ladies have an expanded hazard for low subjective working because of low education levels and unfortunate way of life practices has been met with contempt and shock.

The examination, “Age and education effects on cognitive functioning in coloured South African women,” was directed by scientists from the college's Department of Sport Science.

They utilized a gathering of 60 ladies (18-64 years), isolated into four age gatherings and two training gatherings.

“An age-related decline was observed for all domains, with low scores observed for processing speed already in young adulthood. The high education group scored significantly better in all cognitive domains.

"Young to middle-aged coloured women present with low cognitive function and which is significantly influenced by education,” found the study.

A test utilized in the examination incorporated the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), for identifying subjective disability.

The study concludes: “Although it could not be established if coloured women are cognitively impaired based on the shortcomings of the CNSVS normative data, the MoCA scores of the low education group indicated low levels of cognitive function.”

However, the researchers admit that “the American standardised norms” were not comparable to a South.

Some South Africans took to social media, with one posting on Facebook: “Absolutely disgusting. This is such racist bull passed off as academic research.” Another user posted: “I would be ashamed to be a researcher on this. Like how do you even get to this as a research topic?”

With another saying: “If anything, it renders coloured womxn (sic) anthropological objects unable to think. It’s bewildering that a text so enmeshed in colonial epistemologies (consider the impact of eugenics in southern Africa) could be presented as ‘scientific’. But, then again, Stellenbosch University remains the white supremacist gift that keeps on giving.”

Personnel of medication and wellbeing sciences teacher in games science Elmarie Terblanche said the investigation was affirmed by the college's Ethics Committee for Human Research and ought not at all be viewed as racist or discriminatory.

“It should be noted that the study did not measure intelligence or in any way come to the conclusion that coloured women are less intelligent than any other race group. It merely pointed out that due to certain prevailing factors in South Africa - as clearly set out in the article - coloured women are at risk of developing neuro-cognitive diseases, such as dementia, and this risk is more than what would be ascribed to ageing alone.” Terblanche said the article clearly indicated limitations to the study.

This news was previously published on: www.iol.co.za


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