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01/04/2011 04:32 AM ID: 87219 Permalink   

Study Suggests Relationship Between Brain Structures and Political Views


A study conducted by a fellow at Wellcome Trust found that liberals tend to have a larger anterior cingulated cortex, a brain region which helps govern decision making, particularly when the person is faced with conflicting information.

People with conservative views, on the other hand, tend to have larger amygdala, a primitive area of the brain which processes emotions -- fear in particular. The finding backs up previous studies concerning liberal vs. conservative behavior.

It has previously been shown that conservatives react to threats by showing more aggression than liberals do. It´s not clear whether the differences in brain structure cause the political differences or are caused by them.

    WebReporter: Ben_Reilly Show Calling Card      
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Scientific evidence that people with conservative opinions simply have a more "primitive" or underdeveloped brain? I think not haha.

All a part of the grand scheme... ;)
  by: rippler2k3   01/04/2011 07:09 AM     
  An attempt...  
for insecure liberals to justify their views. -mock those who oppose to seem better.
  by: ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh   01/04/2011 02:15 PM     
  How can this be?  
W was the decider!
  by: spiggy   01/04/2011 02:29 PM     
  Think about it people  
Conservatives say that liberals don´t take threats seriously -- "You just want to sit around a campfire singing Kumbaya with the terrorists!"

Liberals accuse conservatives of using "fear tactics," or engaging in the "politics of fear."

This is a fairly good explanation for why each sees the other as it does.

And rippler, nowhere does it say that conservatives´ brains are more primitive -- almost everyone who isn´t deformed or brain-damaged has an amygdala. The study just shows that in conservatives, this primitive structure is larger than it is in other people.
  by: Ben_Reilly     01/04/2011 02:57 PM     
from wikipedia: "One long-standing idea is that the amygdala consists of an evolutionarily primitive division associated with the olfactory system (cortical, medial and central nuclei) and an evolutionarily newer division associated with the neocortex (lateral, basal, and accessory basal nuclei). The areas of the older division are sometimes grouped as the cortico-medial region (cortical and medial nuclei) and sometimes as the centro-medial region (the central and medial nuclei). In contrast, the newer structures related to the neocortex are often referred to as the basolateral region. The almond shaped structure that originally defined the amygdala included the basolateral region rather than the whole structure now considered to be the amygdala."
  by: kmazzawi     01/04/2011 02:58 PM     
  Case in point...  
We see the reaction of ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, a well known ultra-conservative, when confronted with a fact that conflicts with his predetermined ego-boosted view of the world. His amygdala kicks into overdrive (after taking the article as a personal attack) and immediately retaliates with counter attack on liberals and an attempt to rationalize a reason to ignore the science as a politically biased ploy.

Science is fun.
  by: opinionated   01/04/2011 03:21 PM     
  Politics of Fear  
That would explain a bit why the politicians who resorted to fear did so well. Those findings are actually touching my amygdala in ways it does not like to be touched.
  by: kmazzawi     01/04/2011 03:52 PM     
oh yeah, and you totally arent guilty of doing the same. Totally.

[ edited by moxpearl ]
  by: moxpearl   01/04/2011 04:34 PM     
  the study  
shows that concertives will fight to survive while liberals will sit by a campfire and die as they wait for their welfare check and hand outs..
  by: shannon853   01/04/2011 05:22 PM     
Nice job, man. You continue to set the standard for "dumb and proud of it."
  by: Ben_Reilly     01/04/2011 07:23 PM     
  "concertives" ???  
Fuck you, moron. Learn to spell you donkey.

Republicans ARE primitive though. They´re a bible-thumping bunch of morons who possess beliefs that are long outdated.

Every republican I know could disappear from the face of the earth tomorrow and I would think "great, now we can build a civilized society" to myself and be happy.
  by: Dekar   01/04/2011 08:07 PM     
I consider myself Republican, though I don´t go to church, and hell, don´t really worship any deity. Can´t call me a moron either. I´m a software engineer. Your comments seem bias and unjust. (Typical for Liberals?)
  by: robplatt   01/04/2011 08:20 PM     
There are plenty of intelligent Republicans, but every single one I know (EVERY one, this isn´t me disregarding people for the sake of my argument) is an absolute moron, like shannon or george bush.

It´s sickening. If someone can support palin as a candidate over ron paul, then there is something wrong with them as a thinker and human being.

Them preferring her over Obama is even an issue of intelligence, to be honest, but at the same time if the core issues of Liberal v Conservative are that big to you then I can understand why.
  by: Dekar   01/04/2011 08:39 PM     
I´m sorry that you are confused. I´m not sure what you think I am guilty of doing but if you think it is the same as I was illustrating from ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh´s response, then you have no idea what my point was.

Ironically, your response to my post would lump you into the same category as ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. For whatever reason, you felt threatened by my comment and *POW* your amygdala kicks in and says "hurry... fight back." The outcome is that you post a nearly incoherent, personal attack against me (with dripping sarcasm, no less).

It must be tough living in such a fragile world.

[ edited by opinionated ]
  by: opinionated   01/05/2011 01:52 AM     
Perhaps the issue is semantic: are you a conservative or a republican? I couldn´t tell you what the republican party is supposed to be, neo fascism, mayhap. Just look at all those eagles and flags everywhere.
  by: H. W. Hutchins   01/05/2011 06:52 AM     
I´m not sure. I didn´t choose a party and then make my beliefs. My beliefs throw me in the Republican group every time. However, there are things on both sides I agree and disagree with. I would have never voted for Palin, but I don´t think Obama was that great of a choice either.

Like trying to vote for who´s the smartest retard, unfortunately.
  by: robplatt   01/05/2011 05:30 PM     
  pfft ..  
I have always known that republicans rule with emotion and not LOGIC

[ edited by smgordon1259 ]
  by: smgordon1259   01/05/2011 07:48 PM     
  The Sampling Pool Is To Small To Draw Conclusions  
But reading the responses to this article helps substantiate some of the findings on behavior of conservatives v liberals.
  by: ichi     01/05/2011 08:11 PM     
As a software engineer myself, I know a lot of dumb "software engineers". (Not that I´m calling you dumb)
  by: Svengali   01/05/2011 09:48 PM     
FYI, moxpearl is ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ´s big brother and he don´t like nobody talking like that ´bout him.
  by: John E Angel     01/05/2011 11:12 PM     
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