Liberals, Conservatives May Have Different Brain Structures

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    Apr 08, 2011 10:09 PM GMT
    Liberals, Conservatives May Have Different Brain Structures



    http://news.yahoo.com/s/hsn/20110408/hl_hsn/liberalsconservativesmayhavedifferentbrainstructures


    ttp://www.cell.com/current-biology/abstract/S0960-9822(11)00289-2
    http://alturl.com/5hfeq

    THE AMYGDALA AND ITS ALLIES

    http://thebrain.mcgill.ca/flash/d/d_04/d_04_cr/d_04_cr_peu/d_04_cr_peu.html
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    Apr 08, 2011 10:34 PM GMT
    Yes. This definitely explains that younger people become conservatives as they get older. And it also explains the rise of Independent voters.

    I am interested in knowing their sample population and control. How were they ranked to be conservatives? Just a blanket statement or across several issues? Age? Gender? Socioeconomic status? Political affiliation seems to be a bigger and more complex subject that can not be explained away by merely saying this or that part of the brain is bigger.

    How in the world did somebody give him money for this? Methinks the scientists doth read too much into his data.
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    Apr 09, 2011 12:25 AM GMT
    Anxiety, Depression, and Goal-Seeking in Conservatives, Liberals, and Moderates
    http://neuropolitics.org/Anxiety-Depression-and-Goal-Seeking-in-Conservatives-Liberals-Moderates.htm

    Conservative Left Brain, Liberal Right Brain - Early evidence and relationship to early theories of political orientation
    http://www.neuropolitics.org/
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    Apr 09, 2011 1:02 AM GMT
    carminea said How in the world did somebody give him money for this?



    That's a good question.

    O.o

    -Doug
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    Apr 09, 2011 2:34 AM GMT
    That's very interesting, since a larger amygdala is also associated with autism, you know, insensitivity to process other peoples emotions and faces:
    http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/05/04/autism.brain.amygdala/?iref=mpstoryview

    And yet, larger amygdalas might be helpful for social bonding:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AmygdalaAmygdala volume correlates positively with both the size (the number of contacts a person has) and the complexity (the number of different groups to which a person belongs) of social networks.[34][35] Individuals with larger amygdalae had larger and more complex social networks. It is hypothesized that a larger amygdala allows for greater emotional intelligence, enabling greater societal integration and cooperation with others.[36]


    A larger anterior cingulate is also associated with self-reflection, i.e. thinking about one's thinking process:
    http://rewireyourbrainforlove.com/anterior-cingulate-cortex-6-seductive-reasons-why-bigger-is-better/One of the most important and exciting features of the ACC is that it is the part of the brain that is not only responsible for kids (and adults) being able to pay attention, but it also allows us to pay attention to attention – to think about what we’re thinking, to observe what we’re doing while we’re doing it. It’s taken me a long time to realize this is not a function that everybody’s brain is readily able to do, and certainly for most of us, not all the time. William James, the father of psychology, once said that “the education of attention would be an education par excellence.” He didn’t realize it, but he was essentially talking about building out the ACC! So that’s the first reason to help kids grow a Super-sized Anterior Cingulate … so they can learn to easily attend to what they’re attending to.
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    Apr 11, 2011 11:27 PM GMT
    That's interesting, I'm a conservative voter here in Australia and I'm only 23