Those of us lefties (Left handed people that is) know that the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body, so only left handed people are in their right minds.
Ok I may be strectching it a bit, but bear with me on this one.
A study done at University College London was released in Current Biology on Thursday showing that there are brain differences between Liberals and Conservatives based on two distinct areas of the brain. (Political Orientations Are Correlated with Brain Structure in Young Adults)
90 individuals participated in the study and were queried on their liberal or conservative bent and then underwent MRI brain scans.
Those tagged as liberals were shown to have increased grey matter in the anterior cingulate cortex. (The part of the brain where cognitive functions such as empathy and emotions play a role.) In other words liberals by their very nature are more empathetic to others. (Conservatives refer to that as “bleeding heart”)
The conservatives in the study on the other hand had a larger right amygdala which is considered part of the limbic system and is where fear conditioning takes place.
Just dwell on that for a moment.
“Our findings are consistent with the proposal that political orientation is associated with psychological processes for managing fear and uncertainty,” the study said.
It could explain why certain people tune into Fox. Maybe they simply need to be afraid and xenophobic. People with a larger amygdala also tend toward more complex social networks. (Could also explain the need to join megachurches.) Just speculation on my part of course.
The study does not show cause and affect, only a correlation. But it could explain a few things and maybe liberals and conservatives may someday get along when they realize that we are all just wired a little differently. At the very least simply agree to disagree and get rid of lobbyist owned politicians together.
In the meantime, if we could only condition conservatives to fear poverty and theocratic control…