Psychologists Studied the Most Uptight States in America, and Found a Striking Pattern Published: July 12, 2014

When a recent research study concluded that California is the most "loose" state in America, it wasn't implying a character flaw for Californians, Mic reports. Instead, the "Tightness-Looseness" study of 50 states in United States by University of Maryland academics refers to the states' government and population responses to various factors, including social structure, tolerance, laws and their enforcement.

Psychologists Jesse R. Harrington and Michele J. Gelfand tried to understand the complicated and intertwined relationships between different cultural, political beliefs and practices of people and the state to which they belong, using the results to label states as either tight or loose.

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