Left-wing brain vs. Right-wing brain

11 09 2007

Research shows that Liberals actually think differently than Conservatives

As if we didn’t already know that. Here’s a brief extract from the article.

Exploring the neurobiology of politics, scientists have found that liberals tolerate ambiguity and conflict better than conservatives because of how their brains work. In a simple experiment reported todayin the journal Nature Neuroscience, scientists at New York University and UCLA show that political orientation is related to differences in how the brain processes information.

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.

Based on the results, he said, liberals could be expected to more readily accept new social, scientific or religious ideas.

How many of you out there could have guessed that one? I think it’s interesting that it could actually be tested and proven.