Monday, September 10, 2007

Conservatism - an evolutionary throwback

It appears that conservatives and liberals (in which I'd include the Labour Party) have brains that work in different ways. The first shock of the report from New York University is that conservatives have brains in the first place, but it seems that there are other differences.

Electroencepholographs of parts of the brain associated with conflict resolution have shown that we actually think differently:
respondents who had described themselves as liberals showed "significantly greater conflict-related neural activity" when the hypothetical situation called for an unscheduled break in routine. However, conservatives were less flexible, refusing to deviate from old habits "despite signals that this ... should be changed".
Ain't that the truth....

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