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Startle Response Linked to Politics
WP ^ | Shankar Vedantam

Posted on 09/20/2008 5:07:53 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

Startle Response Linked to Politics

More Sensitive May Mean More Conservative, Study Finds

By Shankar Vedantam

Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, September 19, 2008; A09

People who startle easily in response to threatening images or loud sounds seem to have a biological predisposition to adopt conservative political positions on many hot-button issues, according to unusual new research published yesterday.

The finding suggests that people who are particularly sensitive to signals of visual or auditory threats also tend to adopt a more defensive stance on political issues, such as immigration, gun control, defense spending and patriotism. People who are less sensitive to potential threats, by contrast, seem predisposed to hold more liberal positions on those issues.

The study takes the research a step beyond psychology by suggesting that innate physiological differences among people may help shape their startle responses and their political inclinations.

The study is part of a growing research effort to uncover the often hidden factors in people's political makeup. In recent years, a variety of studies have shown, for example, that voters are subtly biased in favor of attractive political candidates. Other research has probed how subconscious attitudes among undecided voters can predict whom they will eventually support, and how the speed with which voters answer poll questions can predict the depth of their commitment to one candidate or another.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; Technical
KEYWORDS: clueless; conservative; idiot; junkscience; liberal; physiology; psychology; startle; tinfoil
So those fear-mongering Global Warming crowds are conservative?
1 posted on 09/20/2008 5:07:54 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster

BOO!


2 posted on 09/20/2008 5:12:19 AM PDT by IGOTMINE (1911s FOREVER!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

In the wild, animals who don’t react to danger quickly are called “dinner”.


3 posted on 09/20/2008 5:12:30 AM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (Pontius Pilate voted "Present")
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To: TigerLikesRooster

And they say liberals are the sensitive ones...


4 posted on 09/20/2008 5:13:22 AM PDT by secret garden (Dubiety reigns here)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

...And it’s conservatives that are always running around metaphorically screaming “The sky is falling, we’re all gonna die!!!!!!”?

Horsefeathers.


5 posted on 09/20/2008 5:14:48 AM PDT by cake_crumb (Terrorist organizations worldwide endorse Obama.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
People who are less sensitive to potential threats tend to die from those threats.

I visited SF several times and noticed they seemed deaf. Loud noises didn't faze them! Now I know why.

6 posted on 09/20/2008 5:14:58 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: Question Liberal Authority
If the above theory is true, ‘dinner’ is what Cannibals call ‘liberals.’
People blind to risk, and naturally prone to bubbles.
7 posted on 09/20/2008 5:15:10 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

These people are pathetic.

Never ending slander of conservatives.

Tell conservatives, which are the majority, in the military that line... These “researches” are so blinding by their own bias that can’t see past their nose.


8 posted on 09/20/2008 5:16:01 AM PDT by DB
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To: TigerLikesRooster
People who are less sensitive to potential threats, by contrast, seem predisposed to hold more liberal positions on those issues.

Well, it's true that liberals never see the threats from communism, islamofacism, illegal immigration, nuclear Iran/Iraq, or "encouraging" lenders to give loans to people who can't pay for them. Maybe it's just that there brains have been fried on LSD and cocaine.

9 posted on 09/20/2008 5:17:32 AM PDT by libertylover (The problem with Obama is not that his skin is too black, it's that his ideas are too RED.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
"From an evolutionary point of view, an organism needs to respond to a threat or it won't be around for very long. We are not saying one response is more normal than another."

Sounds like he just DID say response to threat is more normal.

10 posted on 09/20/2008 5:19:08 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: Right Wing Assault
Liberals can only multiply in a sheltered environment. That is, affluence breeds liberals. That is why so many wealthy folks, especially the trust-funders, are liberals.
11 posted on 09/20/2008 5:21:59 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Remind me again who it is who’s running around screeching over a PTA/hockey mom.


12 posted on 09/20/2008 5:24:09 AM PDT by itsthejourney (Sarah-cuda IS the right reason)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Wait, I got it: people who DO NOT become desensitized to the murder of innocents have a "high startle response", and retreat into conservatism. Fits the 'facts' they present here, and we all know at least a bit about the benefits AND detrimental effects of desensitization.
13 posted on 09/20/2008 5:27:56 AM PDT by cake_crumb (Terrorist organizations worldwide endorse Obama.)
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Liberals are oblivious to the dangers of socialism but are as sensitive as cat whiskers to fascism, which they imagine is hiding around every corner and under their bed. Liberals are able to detect fascism in lapel pins, fireworks displays, tricolored buntings, pride in American athletics, literal interpretation of the Constitution, belief in free markets, dislike of the nannystate, racial colorblindness, going to church, having kids, owning a gun, pride in the military, disliking our enemies, living in states other than NY and CA, posting on FR, etc..


14 posted on 09/20/2008 5:38:49 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: TigerLikesRooster
People who startle easily in response to threatening images or loud sounds seem to have a biological predisposition to adopt conservative political positions on many hot-button issues...

If this is true, that explains why liberals are more likely to have the boiling frog experience... Next thing they know, everything--including their lives--is gone.

15 posted on 09/20/2008 5:47:29 AM PDT by paudio (Nobody cried 'racism' when Swann, Blackwell, and Steele lost to white guys in 2006)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Every election cycle there are “scientific” stories about how conservatives have less developed brains than liberals.


16 posted on 09/20/2008 5:52:10 AM PDT by Wilhelm Tell (True or False? This is not a tag line.)
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how conservatives have less developed brains than liberals.

Right. That's the spin they put on. On the other hand, upon careful reading, this article could actually imply

how conservatives have less likely to go extinct than liberals.

17 posted on 09/20/2008 5:58:02 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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lol!~ This thread is a hoot; thank you for posting it.

What the authors of the study don't know, obviously, is that it is they who are sitting in the petri dish being studied. It's why they are always screaming: Let me out! Let me out!

18 posted on 09/20/2008 6:23:01 AM PDT by Alia
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I am shocked! Shocked I tell you!


19 posted on 09/20/2008 6:28:24 AM PDT by frithguild (Can I drill your head now?)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
That is, affluence breeds liberals.

I always thought it was effluence that they bred in.

20 posted on 09/20/2008 6:31:51 AM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Total and complete Obamacrap!


21 posted on 09/20/2008 6:40:22 AM PDT by stockpirate (Bitter white trash clinging to God and guns. Sarah Palin - the trilla from Willsila)
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To: Yardstick

but are as sensitive as cat whiskers to fascism


Fascism is socialism


22 posted on 09/20/2008 6:53:26 AM PDT by Rippin
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To: TigerLikesRooster

So liberals are more likely to be slow to respond, clueless, and insensitive?


23 posted on 09/20/2008 6:55:03 AM PDT by Rippin
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To: Rippin
And blame conservatives to point it out.
24 posted on 09/20/2008 6:56:56 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

“People who startle easily in response to threatening images”

I definitely startle when I see images of Obama. Frightens the hell out of me.


25 posted on 09/20/2008 6:57:01 AM PDT by yazoo
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Correction: And blame conservatives to point for pointing it out.
26 posted on 09/20/2008 6:57:59 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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