96. TheNationalScienceFoundationPutsTeaPartyMembers’Cognitive Abilities Under the Microscope... with Surprising Results – (CT) $398,990 No, Tea Partiers are not worse at science, according to the conclusions of one law professor who studied political identification and cognitive abilities using a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. In fact, identification with the Tea Party correlated slightly with better scientific comprehension, a result the investigator found “surprising.”885 A broader study of political parties and cognitive reasoning yielded similar conclusions for the Yale University law professor. Identification with the Republican Party correlates with a better performance on a cognitive reasoning test, a conclusion which even stunned the study’s author. “[Cognitive] scores increased with thestrengthofsubjects’identificationwiththeRepublicanParty”(emphasisoriginal).886 Theauthor described this result as “puzzling” and had predicted the “cognitive scores would be negatively correlated with right-wing ideology. This study was in Senator Coburn's 2013 waste book. Should lead to an interesting TH debate.