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Political Views Reflected In Brain Structure

Danielle
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12/28/2011 3:37:50 PM
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This is not definitive, of course, but slightly interesting nonetheless. Apparently 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, researchers say.

http://www.sciencedaily.com...
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12/28/2011 4:15:12 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
It makes some sense.

On the extremes, someone with an very "conservative" brain will react with suspicion/threat to any perceived change in the status quo. Someone with a very "liberal" brain would be more likely to change their stances since the ACC focuses on coping with error detection (thus they are more likely to have views that incorporate old and new information to create some medium that reduces dissonance). This would lead to being more accepting, and even wanting, changes in the status quo which decrease dissonance.

In terms of basic fMRI results, greater ACC activation is associated with greater emotional awareness. Most likely, it influences emotional awareness by increasing or decreasing it but is not necessarily to elicit neural responses to emotion-based situations.
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12/28/2011 11:19:02 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
by 'coping with confliciting information' does that mean like carrying on in spite of conflicting information (facts don't bother them enough to change there minds) or conflicting info is acted upon better? (because facts don't bother them there minds can change)

'cope' is a surprisingly versatile term
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12/28/2011 11:24:40 PM
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In other words, liberals are better at denial, and conservatives are better at recognizing when they are being screwed. Yes, it seems very accurate.
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12/28/2011 11:30:09 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 12/28/2011 11:24:40 PM, DanT wrote:
In other words, liberals are better at denial, and conservatives are better at recognizing when they are being screwed. Yes, it seems very accurate.

Or in other words, liberals are better at sorting through information to figure out the truth, and conservatives think that everyone and their cousin is out to get them.
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12/28/2011 11:52:43 PM
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A larger Anterior cingulate cortex means a greater sense of reward anticipation, and empathy.

Individuals with a larger interior cingulate cortex are more emotionally conscious.
Individuals with a larger interior cingulate cortex have a greater recognition of pain.
Individuals with a larger interior cingulate cortex make more reword oriented decisions.

A larger Amygdala means a greater social memory, and greater memory modulation.

Individuals with a larger amygdalae have larger and more complex social networks.
Individuals with a larger amygdalae are better able to make accurate social judgments about other persons' faces.
Individuals with a larger amygdalae have a greater emotional intelligence.
Individuals with a larger amygdalae have a greater societal integration and cooperation with others.
Individuals with a larger amygdalae have a greater sense of personal space.
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12/29/2011 12:11:19 AM
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Liberals are also more likely to pronounce their good traits awhile conservatives are more likely to be think negatively of themselves.
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12/29/2011 1:07:44 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 12/29/2011 12:11:19 AM, DaveElectric wrote:
Liberals are also more likely to pronounce their good traits awhile conservatives are more likely to be think negatively of themselves.

lol Source?
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12/29/2011 7:44:58 AM
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At 12/28/2011 3:37:50 PM, Danielle wrote:
This is not definitive, of course, but slightly interesting nonetheless. Apparently 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, researchers say.

http://www.sciencedaily.com...
1,2,3 go! Ad hominem war!
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12/29/2011 7:45:37 AM
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At 12/29/2011 7:44:58 AM, Jon1 wrote:
At 12/28/2011 3:37:50 PM, Danielle wrote:
This is not definitive, of course, but slightly interesting nonetheless. Apparently 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, researchers say.

http://www.sciencedaily.com...
1,2,3 go! Ad hominem war!

On a serious note, that's pretty interesting :)
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12/29/2011 11:57:22 PM
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At 12/28/2011 11:24:40 PM, DanT wrote:
In other words, liberals are better at denial, and conservatives are better at recognizing when they are being screwed. Yes, it seems very accurate.

lol
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