Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Conservative Brain

via Mike Licht via Salon.

Specifically, the research shows that people with conservative tendencies have a larger amygdala and a smaller anterior cingulate than other people. The amygdala -- typically thought of as the "primitive brain" -- is responsible for reflexive impulses, like fear. The anterior cingulate is thought to be responsible for courage and optimism. This one-two punch could be responsible for many of the anecdotal claims that conservatives "think differently" from others.
I know some guys who are all amydgala. I'll bet you know of whom I speak.

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