A study in the journal “Current Biology” looked at students who identified their political views on a scale from “very liberal” to “very conservative.”
The “liberal” students tended to have a larger region of the brain that processes conflicting information, the anterior cingulate cortex. In other words, the region of the brain that helps us take two opposing ideas and weigh them out for ourselves
The “conservatives” tended to have a larger Amygdala – the part of the brain that identifies fear and threats.
So I wonder, based on those findings, if that means that some people tend to hold conservative political views because they have a greater innate fear of things such as government?
“Previously, some psychological traits were known to be predictive of an individual’s political orientation. Our study now links such personality traits with specific brain structure,” Kanai said in a journal news release.
The study appears online April 7 in the journal Current Biology.
Things that make you go “hmmmmm…”