Friday, April 13, 2012

Al Jazeera English: 'The Republican Brain': Probing the limits of Left and Right

Rightardia has written about this before. There are substantial cognitive differences between liberals and conservatives. Some of this is caused by brain structure: extreme right wingers have larger amygdalas and liberals have larger corpus callosums.

It is as if humans are descended from at least two different lineages. Certainly, some of the differences are nurture as much as nature. This is a lengthy Al Jazeera article but worth reading.

The survey, " Political Conservatism as Motivated Social Cognition", covered 88 studies over a period of five decades of research. A July 22 press release said the four researchers:
"report that at the core of political conservatism is the resistance to change and a tolerance for inequality, and that some of the common psychological factors linked to political conservatism include:
  • Fear and aggression
  • Dogmatism and intolerance of ambiguity
  • Uncertainty avoidance
  • Need for cognitive closure."

source: 'The Republican Brain': Probing the limits of Left and Right - Opinion - Al Jazeera English Subscribe to the Rightardia feed:

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