Brain Structure Determines Political Views

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  1. InsanelyApple macrumors 6502

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    http://abcnews.go.com/Health/MindMoodNews/political-views-tied-brain-structure/story?id=13317961

    So people who are liberal are more logical and people who are conservative are more scared. (That's the first word I thought of for conservatives, sorry if it offended you.)
     
  2. AP_piano295 macrumors 65816

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    Doesn't surprise me.

    But conservatives are probably happier overall :p
     
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    I'm liberal, so I'm happy not to question this! :D
     
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    Sometimes it's logical to be scared so I'm in two minds about this.
     
  5. citizenzen macrumors 65816

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    Me neither.

    It helps to explain why fear is so often used by conservatives as a tool for motivating the electorate.
     
  6. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    OK, how about Liberals are more open, and Conservatives are more closed?
     
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    So we only have to rewire everyone's brains to achieve a utopian society?
     
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    Which came first? I mean, it's quite possible that after Watching Glenn Beck for years, that you become a more "scared" person, while someone who researches issues will have a greater capacity to judge conflicting evidence.

    Again, which came first? The chicken or the egg?
     
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    The problem isn't recognizing a legitimate threat, it's conjuring up threats when they don't exist or overreacting to minor threats. There are plenty of examples of this: the current fear and loathing of Muslims, homophobia, fear of government, fear of taxes ...

    Feel free to add a few of your own.
     
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    That isn't an answer to my question, not even a good try of side stepping it.
     
  12. citizenzen macrumors 65816

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    And that frightens you? :cool:
     
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    There is a app for that.
     
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    I heard in a video that the brain is not plastered as it is until you die. The brain is apparently moldable to your activities (in the study, subjects were blind folded for a week and the parts of the brain that had to do with touch were enlarged at the expense of the parts dealing with vision).
    Maybe your brain is changed with the way you see the world (political views) instead of vice versa.
     
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    No, seeing everything as a threat is the same as scared.
     
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    No, that's paranoid.
     
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    Or maybe to be more precise, liberals are prone to processing information from all sides of an argument, sorting it out, and coming to a reasonable conclusion; whereas conservatives are more likely to respond to things with suspicion, especially if like-minded people are telling them they should be afraid.
     
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    Ok, I'll accept that too.

    I was going more for the Desmond Morris school of thought. ;)
     
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    This might explain why paranoid rants scrawled on chalkboards and appeals to nine-eleven resonate so well with the right wing (the amygdala, as I understand it, it sometimes called the "lizard brain").
     
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    Disorderly surroundings can feed stereotypes, study finds

    LA Times

    I thought this was really fascinating. Progressive societies are quite literally built on cleanliness.
     
  21. InsanelyApple thread starter macrumors 6502

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    You know, that's a good way to put it. I was tired when I made the first post... and this one. XD (Nah, seriously though. That's is a good way to put it.)
     
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    Seems believable, but correlation doesn't equal causation.

    Of course there are exceptions to this, but still it is a neat piece of data!
     
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    Well, there's something to be said for that, too.

    The kind of almost automatic fear/distrust response that conservatives have to so many things has a tribal quality to it. Put a foreign (literally or figuratively) idea in front of many of today's conservatives, and they dance around it and scream like the apes did with the monolith in "2001". ;)

    One could extend that to conservatives' pathological fear of government. I think in the case of both government and capitalism, liberals tend to trust them when they work right, distrust them when they don't. But if you listen to your typical conservative rant, government rarely if ever does anything right, and capitalism can do no wrong. That's because capitalism is "the tribe", and everything outside the tribe (like government) is to be feared and kept away.
     
  24. mcrain, Apr 11, 2011
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    Heard a bizaare study described on the radio. Researches had random students at a college fill out forms detailing their political views. The students were asked to step to an area by a wall for the questioning. With one group, they had a blank wall, and with the second group, there was a hand sanitizer on the wall next to where the questioning was being performed.

    I'm not sure if the students were asked to sanitize first or not, but in the group with the sanitizer, the views were measurably more conservative than the group without the sanitizer.

    I wonder if this has anything to do with the threats and conservative views being tied together.

    (edit) A better link
     
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    I suspect this is a methodologically flawed study. Does anyone have a link of the detailed study procedures and findings? Were the results even statistically reliable? Epidemiologists are notorious for drawing conclusions without regard to probability that effects may be due to chance. I would imagine the sample sizes were small, predisposing any effects towards unreliability due to sampling error.
     

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