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01/26/2006 04:24 PM ID: 52478 Permalink   

Politics Causes the Brain to Ignore Facts


According to a recent study conducted at Emory University in Atlanta, both Democrats and Republicans ignore facts when making their decisions.

Drew Westen, Director of Clinical Psychology was quoted as saying, "We did not see any increased activation of the parts of the brain normally engaged during reasoning.”

Test Subjects were given statements made by both George Bush and John Kerry that contradicted one another. Both Democrat and Republican test subjects ignored these contradictions for their own party but saw the contradictions made by the other side.

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  My First Article  
This is my first article so any constructive criticism is welcome.
  by: slavefortheman     01/26/2006 04:27 PM     
Thank you for posting this. Maybe some will think twice before posting their partisan politics here.
  by: banshee9898     01/26/2006 04:31 PM     
Great first article, pretty interesting too, although, on the whole, not very surprising..
  by: StarShadow     01/26/2006 04:49 PM     
  we see what we want to see  
Guess thats to be taken a little more litteraly now.
  by: sparky_fox   01/26/2006 05:18 PM     
It seems real obvious, your side is always perfect, the other side is the one to blame that contradicts themselves
  by: falcon59975   01/26/2006 05:33 PM     
  i'd be interested  
in seeing which party's affiliates engage in this self-deception more often. my guess would be republicans -- the democrats i know typically bash bush because of his myriad scandals, whereas most of the republicans i know can't criticize the man. on the issue of bill clinton, however, most democrats i know will acknowledge his flaws.
  by: l´anglais     01/26/2006 05:38 PM     
you are just asking for a 50 comment page now............there are so many issues that could be brought up for both democrats and republicans that they deny.
And for you to pick out the few AND most current presidental issues just makes me laugh how you base your opinion on those few things. (btw i am dem.)
  by: sp00ky187   01/26/2006 06:06 PM     
  submission question  
I wasnt sure where to put this article so I posted under softnews. Was I correct to do so or could this be hardnews?
  by: slavefortheman     01/26/2006 06:09 PM     
  I guess  
it's border line. Let's put it to a vote. Soft or hard?
  by: lurker     01/26/2006 07:35 PM     
its hard because i believe its got a scientific base..
but soft because its just more about the bs of the human pschye, that none of us care to know about..

beacause duhh what fun is it knowing were all wrong anyway and screwed in the end..

i would think though that both the sides master minds wouldnt want the spotlight to be on this issue.

politics is more like puppets than pride and practice.

  by: OptIcalIllusIoN   01/26/2006 09:57 PM     
I'm of the opinion that if the Dems had been in power this last term, then we would be seeing abuses and scandals for them instead of the Reps.

Politicians are politicans, and when you find a honest one, that doesn't engage in the slightest in the illicit, underhanded or downright fakery - you let me know.
  by: lauriesman     01/26/2006 10:20 PM     
Politicians are politicans, and when you "find a honest one, [politician] that doesn't engage in the slightest in the illicit, underhanded or downright fakery - you let me know."

An honest politician? You don't want much do you? A truthful politician wouldn't stand a chance because 99% of people

a. would see the truth as unpatriotic/offensive
b. wouldn't know what the truth was if they were beaten over the head with it
c. a + b
  by: ixuzus     01/27/2006 09:00 AM     
  by: Emp3r0r     01/27/2006 06:05 PM     
I agree with you that we will never have an honest politician. First, if a politician started saying what they really mean, nobody would believe them. The press would play it off as another political trick.

Another reason is that most honest people in this country that could do some good if they were in the senate or the house, or even president see politics as a dirty field and wouldn't subject themselves to the abuse of being associated with the two-faced people that are currently in office.

I am refering to all politicians; dems, repubs, and even most of the independents out there.
  by: testeng     02/01/2006 07:01 PM     
Although what you say is true I wonder how different it would be if people actually paid attention to these scumbags. People are more informed then ever before (or at least have the ability to be) yet they don’t vote, don’t run for office and just don’t care.
  by: Emp3r0r     02/01/2006 11:18 PM     
You have a very valid point.

In november when we were voting for our governor and some local offices I was talking to someone in line and they were bitching about our current district representative in the state senate. After we got through voting we continued to talk and he told me who he voted for; he voted to re-elect the same person he was just bitching about. He didn't even know the name of the person who was currently in office.

with that, how the hell can we expect a competent government when we don't have competent people voting??
  by: testeng     02/03/2006 12:10 AM     
  This makes sense.  
There are a number of different psychological fators which would figure into this. Confirmation bias - you're more likely to note facts which confirm your beliefs and ignore those which do not. Ingroup bias - you're more likely to assist or oblige someone if you view them as a part of your social group. Several theories overlap where politics are concerned. One probably could have evidenced this hypothesis using a number of previous studies, even some done using political divisions. While we're on the topic of helping, did you know that helping behavior has been found to be different between Republican and Democrat households? I also found this story interesting because it mentions the difference between logic/fact and belief/emotion-based reasoning. So, this makes my reward centers light up: "We did not see any increased activation of the parts of the brain normally engaged during reasoning...What we saw instead was a network of emotion circuits lighting up, including circuits hypothesized to be involved in regulating emotion, and circuits known to be involved in resolving conflicts."

Anyway, this study is very interesting - good find.
  by: MomentOfClarity     02/03/2006 01:03 AM     
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