Monday, September 10, 2007
From the LA Times comes this article ... Brain Processes Reflect Politics: Study Uncovers 2 Cognitive Styles.
According to the study from NY University & the University of California, political orientation is related to differences in how the brain processes information.
The subjects were instructed to tap a keyboard when an M appeared and refrain from tapping when they saw a W. According to the researchers, "liberals had more brain activity and made fewer mistakes than conservatives when they saw a W", while both were equally accurate in recognizing M.
Lead author, David Amodio, asst. prof of psychology at NYU, cautioned against concluding that one political orientation was better. "The tendency of conservatives to block distracting information could be a good thing depending on the situation, he said.
Talk about a convenient study. I may have to use my slow, rigidly-structured, mistake-prone conservative brain to block this distracting study!
What next? Conservatives emit more body odor than liberals?
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