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Political Views Are Reflected in Brain Structure (Really? I'm shocked.)
Science Daily ^ | 04-07-2011 | Staff

Posted on 04/08/2011 1:56:13 PM PDT by Red Badger

We all know that people at opposite ends of the political spectrum often really can't see eye to eye. Now, a new report published online on April 7th in Current Biology, reveals that those differences in political orientation are tied to differences in the very structures of our brains.

Individuals who call themselves liberal tend to have larger anterior cingulate cortexes, while those who call themselves conservative have larger amygdalas. Based on what is known about the functions of those two brain regions, the structural differences are consistent with reports showing a greater ability of liberals to cope with conflicting information and a greater ability of conservatives to recognize a threat, the researchers say.

"Previously, some psychological traits were known to be predictive of an individual's political orientation," said Ryota Kanai of the University College London. "Our study now links such personality traits with specific brain structure."

Kanai said his study was prompted by reports from others showing greater anterior cingulate cortex response to conflicting information among liberals. "That was the first neuroscientific evidence for biological differences between liberals and conservatives," he explained.

There had also been many prior psychological reports showing that conservatives are more sensitive to threat or anxiety in the face of uncertainty, while liberals tend to be more open to new experiences. Kanai's team suspected that such fundamental differences in personality might show up in the brain.

And, indeed, that's exactly what they found. Kanai says they can't yet say for sure which came first. It's possible that brain structure isn't set in early life, but rather can be shaped over time by our experiences. And, of course, some people have been known to change their views over the course of a lifetime.

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: brain; dem; health; repub
Maybe liberalism IS a disease after all!..................
1 posted on 04/08/2011 1:56:15 PM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Naw,it’s just poor genetics...


2 posted on 04/08/2011 1:58:04 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Red Badger

No surprise. The liberal brain actually lies.


3 posted on 04/08/2011 1:59:07 PM PDT by Hardraade (I want gigaton warheads now!!)
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To: Red Badger

well that’s all nice and dandy but what if a subject is left-handed?


4 posted on 04/08/2011 2:00:47 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: Red Badger

Left and Right are defined the same way in Europe.

By US Definitions, we define Europe as Left and Left.

How do they explain this?


5 posted on 04/08/2011 2:00:55 PM PDT by dila813
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To: Red Badger

“conservatives are more sensitive to threat or anxiety in the face of uncertainty, while liberals tend to be more open to new experiences.”

Translation: Conservatives have anxiety in the face of uncertainty - hence, when they have families to support and bills to pay, their anxiety sets them up to get a job and deal with the “uncertainty.”

Lib tend to be more open to new experiences. Thus, six children by six fathers (new experiences), leave a job where you have to work EVERY day and try not working, thus making EVERY day the opportunity for a new experience.

End of Lesson.


6 posted on 04/08/2011 2:02:48 PM PDT by onevoter
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To: Red Badger
Individuals who call themselves liberal tend to have larger anterior cingulate cortexes

BS. It has less to do with anterior anything and more to do with posterior expansion from them sitting on their butts all the time with their hand out saying "gimme, gimme", and electing Liberals who will steal from me to give to them.

7 posted on 04/08/2011 2:03:11 PM PDT by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party Of No! No Socialism - No Fascism - Nobama - No Way!)
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To: Red Badger
differences are consistent with reports showing a greater ability of liberals to cope with conflicting information

This could explain much. Why oral sex is not sex, why abortion is not murder, why a man and a man can be married, why raising prices or taxes raises revenues, why its wrong to kill a murderer yet okay to kill an unborn, why its wrong for a conservative to have an affair but okay for a liberal.

8 posted on 04/08/2011 2:04:22 PM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Red Badger
greater ability of liberals to cope with conflicting information and a greater ability of conservatives to recognize a threat, the researchers say.

This actually makes sense. liberals are absorbed in dealing with their own conflicts, that is, between their hostile hateful feelings and their intense need to see themselves as morally superior people. Conservatives are focussed on external reality, recognizing that the world is not a utopian place, but a place where there are bad guys who want to kill us or dominate us and take what we have.

The researchers may just be right, although they probably don't get the significance of what they have really discovered.

9 posted on 04/08/2011 2:05:11 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Red Badger
showing a greater ability of liberals to cope with conflicting information

Okay, does this mean that the ability for liberals to believe something even in the face of contradicting data (ie facts), is a function of their brain? And, wouldn't this actually be a brain malfunction?

10 posted on 04/08/2011 2:08:13 PM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: Red Badger

“ability of liberals to cope with conflicting information”

IE: self delusion

“and a greater ability of conservatives to recognize a threat,”

IE; Liberals.

LMAO....


11 posted on 04/08/2011 2:13:16 PM PDT by Crim (Palin / West '12)
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To: Farmer Dean

Liberalism is a mental disorder. End of discussion.


12 posted on 04/08/2011 2:14:06 PM PDT by cblue55 (Envisioning when all that is left is the right.)
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To: Red Badger
Kanai said his study was prompted by reports from others showing greater anterior cingulate cortex response to conflicting information among liberals.

Explains a whole lot like

How Liberals claim to be for Women and Homosexual rights and believe all Christian are ignorant Redneck rubes while at same time loveing Islam

Not to mention how they believe a warm winter is proof that global warming is causing it to snow less and a cold one is proof that global warming is causing it to snow more.

13 posted on 04/08/2011 2:14:46 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: Red Badger

Ok. A liberal can apparently believe that both A and Non A are true in the same manner at the same time. Figures.


14 posted on 04/08/2011 2:14:54 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Red Badger

15 posted on 04/08/2011 2:15:45 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people''s money." M Thatcher)
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To: Raycpa

Sounds like liberals have the contrary-contradictory gene. We all see and hear the same thing, but the brain makes them say it is the opposite of what it really is. And my observation makes me sense that there is some sort of pleasure or faux enhancement of self-esteem which reinforces their contrariness.


16 posted on 04/08/2011 2:22:43 PM PDT by This I Wonder32460
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To: Red Badger
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17 posted on 04/08/2011 2:24:05 PM PDT by ozark hilljilly (Forget a flying car-I want a miniture giraffe!!)
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To: Diogenesis

Beat me by >this< much, Dio! Frankly, I’m shocked it took that long for anyone to post that pic! We’re slipping!


18 posted on 04/08/2011 2:26:33 PM PDT by ozark hilljilly (Forget a flying car-I want a miniture giraffe!!)
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To: Red Badger
"...greater ability of liberals to cope with conflicting information..."

That is, liberals can comfortably live with cognitive dissonance, being happy to believe a thing and its opposite at the same time.

20 posted on 04/08/2011 2:39:27 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Napolean fries the idea powder.)
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To: Red Badger

Political views are built upon how one is raised. We are raised either on Biblical views upon which our laws were originally based, as well as our Constitution, which was meant to govern a Christian people. Or we were not! Christ said if you weren’t for Him, you were against Him. And THAT, people, is the big problem we have today. Too many people have turned their backs on the Lord and therefore the greatest form of government ever devised in the history of the world. The Divine path is narrow. But it seems most of us prefer the broad route, where anything goes as long as we get ours! The only way we can recover the amazing gift of America is to put God back into our courtrooms,our classrooms and into our daily lives. It is, after all, up to us.


21 posted on 04/08/2011 2:39:40 PM PDT by Paperdoll ( On the cutting edge)
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To: Red Badger
So, leftwingtards are cut out to be slaves ~ they simply view such condition a "new experience".

Conservatives look at it as a serious hazard.

Does this mean leftwingtards are not really human?

22 posted on 04/08/2011 2:42:40 PM PDT by muawiyah (Make America Safe For Amercans)
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To: Red Badger
the structural differences are consistent with reports showing a greater ability of liberals to cope with conflicting information

In other words, liberals are people who are capable of believing all kinds of contradictory shit.

23 posted on 04/08/2011 2:49:45 PM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: Jeff Winston

By the way, there are other terms for such people.


24 posted on 04/08/2011 2:50:19 PM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: Raycpa

Ha ha! All the liberals I know do seem to have a propensity for doublethink!


25 posted on 04/08/2011 2:54:37 PM PDT by GenXFreedomFighter
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To: muawiyah
Does this mean leftwingtards are not really human?

Always figured them for one of those hominid type folk a creeping around 2 or 3 million years ago.........mental wise anyway.

26 posted on 04/08/2011 2:54:55 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Bachmann, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: Red Badger
The liberal brain


27 posted on 04/08/2011 2:55:43 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: Red Badger

The Left is mentally evil.


28 posted on 04/08/2011 3:09:39 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Red Badger

a greater ability of liberals to cope with conflicting information*******

Conflicting information is no problem when the entire thought process is anchored in irrationality.


29 posted on 04/08/2011 3:33:34 PM PDT by bereanway
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To: Red Badger

“Conflicting information”, I think in this case that’s a euphemism for what Orwell called “doublethink”: one can’t be a “progressive” (I still object to them stealing the name “liberal” from those of us who support free markets and liberty) without simultaneously holding contradictory beliefs.


30 posted on 04/08/2011 3:38:00 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: Red Badger

Although I can’t question the truth of the brain scans, I do question the interpretation of the results.

If conservatives are really more responsive to fear and less open to change, it seems to me that conservatives should be the socialists and to the left, since there is nothing that speaks about assurance than a government cheque.

If liberals are really more open to change and less responsive to fear, they should be the free market party and small government because there is nothing more changing than the free market and nothing less assured than a cheque from a private company.


31 posted on 04/08/2011 4:54:28 PM PDT by Jonty30
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To: Red Badger
greater ability of liberals to cope with conflicting information

In other words they do not see logical inconstancy's? .

32 posted on 04/08/2011 6:28:07 PM PDT by tophat9000 (.............................. BP + BO = BS ...........................Formula for a disaster...)
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To: Red Badger

Sounds like a study that was tailored to fit a set of preconceptions.


33 posted on 04/08/2011 7:47:04 PM PDT by SuzyQue (Remember to think.)
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To: tophat9000
greater ability of liberals to cope with conflicting information

In other words they do not see logical inconstancy's? .

IOW, COGNITIVE DISSONANCE IS "NORMAL" FOR THEM..............

34 posted on 04/11/2011 5:41:59 AM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 1,723 threads and 64,113 replies. as of 04-06-2011)
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To: SuzyQue

Sounds like they may be related to the Hadley guys............


35 posted on 04/11/2011 5:43:33 AM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 1,723 threads and 64,113 replies. as of 04-06-2011)
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