Are Partisans Hard Wired For Their Particular Political Perspectives?
STUDY: BRAIN DIFFERENCES BETWEEN LIBERALS, CONSERVATIVES:
An intriguing new study has found brain differences between people who identify as politically liberal and those who identify as politically conservative. Researchers at the University College London examined data from MRI scans and found that self-described liberals were more likely to have a larger anterior cingulate cortex, an area of the brain associated with understanding complexity. Meanwhile self-described conservatives were more likely to have a larger amygdala, an area of the brain associated with fear and anxiety. The study authors cautioned, however, that more research needs to be done, with one of the unknowns being whether people are born with a tendency towards certain political beliefs, or if our brains adjust to life experiences.