Tuesday, September 11, 2007
So the folks over at UCLA did a little study on the brain activity of political liberals and conservatives. They asked people who consider themselves to be very conservative or very liberal to participate in a study which measures the difference between reaction and habit. Read the article if you want more information.
"Exploring the neurobiology of politics, scientists have found that liberals tolerate ambiguity and conflict better than conservatives because of how their brains work.
Previous psychological studies have found that conservatives tend to be more structured and persistent in their judgments whereas liberals are more open to new experiences. The latest study found those traits are not confined to political situations but also influence everyday decisions.
The results show "there are two cognitive styles -- a liberal style and a conservative style," said UCLA neurologist Dr. Marco Iacoboni"
The article goes on to say that there can be no value judgement between the different thinking styles - both have their strengths and weaknesses. This may, however, explain why it is so difficult for liberals and conservatives to agree. Where do you find yourself on this spectrum? Does this explain how you think & vote?