Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Lib/Con:  Across the Aisle

In the month leading up to the 2008 election, researchers led by the University of California, Los Angeles psychologist Emily Falk performed brain scans on self-identified Republicans and Democrats as they considered statements from each Presidential candidate.

As the election neared, brain areas linked to emotion and social cognition were intensely active. Areas linked to logic and rational thought, however, were relatively inactive.

For more, see Human Nature and the Neurobiology of Conflict by Brandon Keim, January 26, 2012 at Wired.com.

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