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Political Views Are Reflected in Brain Structure

ScienceDaily (Apr. 7, 2011) — 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 t
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  • Interesting article. All I got from it though is that liberals don't mind contradictions as much, something I already knew. Unfortunately being rational or contradictory are two very different things.

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  • "greater ability of liberals to cope with conflicting information"

    That explains a lot.

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    • In comparison to yours, which is the size of a grain of sand i'd say that's quite an accomplishment.

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    • DARR HURR! NAH TEX I KNOW LIBRULS ARE EVIL I WAS JUS JOKIN THAR BUDDY! LETS GO GET A BEER, WATCH SOME NASCAR AND JERK OFF TO SARAH PALIN SPEECHES!

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    • You started with the initial nonsensical comment. Typical conservative hypocrite.

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