Some provocative research covered by the Chicago Tribune has proposed that the brains of liberals and conservatives work differently.

David Amodio, the primary investigator, found that the anterior cingulate cortex for liberals performs differently, allowing them to think more flexibly.

The work grew out of decades of previous research suggesting that political orientation is linked to certain personality traits or styles of thinking. A review of that research published in 2003 found that conservatives tend to be more rigid and closed-minded, less tolerant of ambiguity and less open to new experiences.

It appears that conservatives have not responded well to this work, and some have taken offense. I personally think this kind of work is a fascinating way to try and understand political orientation, but I wonder how much effect this really has.

Furthermore, it would be even more interesting to find out how this brain region could be influences by environmental factors. Like could learning flexibility as a child create more of this ability structurally as an adult? No matter what, this certainly won’t be the last study on politics and psychobiology.

 


Comments


View Comments / Leave a Comment

This post currently has 39 comments.
You can read the comments or leave your own thoughts.


    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 20 Dec 2007
    Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.

APA Reference
Meek, W. (2007). Liberal & Conservative Brain Differences?. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 28, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2007/09/20/liberal-conservative-brain-differences/

 

Recent Comments
  • Radar O'Riley: I received a survey in the mail from Maritz Research in regard to a 2015 Chevrolet Volt that I...
  • vermilion: each time you think of something deprecating about yourself , smile at yourself
  • stiglet: Help… I have been in a relationship with a man for 4 months. It has been very on and off throughout...
  • Mimi: woow this is awesome exactly what i needed
  • Suosy: I have been saying to many Mps and councillors for a few years now that mental health needs to be bought into...
Subscribe to Our Weekly Newsletter


Find a Therapist
Enter ZIP or postal code



Users Online: 7023
Join Us Now!