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A study at University College London in the UK has found that conservatives' brains have larger amygdalas than the brains of liberals. Amygdalas are responsible for fear and other "primitive" emotions. At the same time, conservatives' brains were also found to have a smaller anterior cingulate -- the part of the brain responsible for courage and optimism.
If the study is confirmed, it could give us the first medical explanation for why conservatives tend to be more receptive to threats of terrorism, for example, than liberals. And it may help to explain why conservatives like to plan based on the worst-case scenario, while liberals tend towards rosier outlooks.
Originally posted by recycled
Could this have anything thing you think to do with the correlation between Christianity, and conservatism. The idea, that their entire life is revolved around a fear based ideal?
Originally posted by sonjah1
reply to post by DimensionalDetective
Quite a small sample size...90-100? And as with most studies of this sort, the bulk are college students--who are in most cases, just discovering *who they are*--much less discovering which political party they are willing to affiliate with...
Plus, the article doesn't indicate the proportions of gender involved...
I, personally, don't buy into the political system of divide and conquer: "liberal" or "conservative."
However, I can say that after having children, I tend to be more "protective," while realizing TPTB's scare tactics....