Research: The intellectual differences between liberals and conservatives

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    I was reading an interesting article that looked at the differences in brain structure between samples of people who identified themselves as liberal and people who identified as conserative. The study indicates that conservatives have larger amygdalas while liberals have larger anterior cingulate cortexes.

    The amygdala is involved with memory and processing emotional reactions. This suggest that conservatives are more efficient at processing threats.

    The anterior cingulate cortex is involved with several autonomic functions, such as regulating blood pressure and heart rate, as well as rational cognitive functions like reward anticipation, decision-making, empathy and emotion. This means that liberals may be more efficient at managing conflicting information

    Current Biology - Political Orientations Are Correlated with Brain Structure in Young Adults

    This study says that liberals, on average, have higher IQ's than conservatives:

    Why Liberals and Atheists Are More Intelligent

    I can't wait for all of the rants about the supposed "liberal indoctrination" in higher education as a response to this thread. :lol:
     
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    Yeah, that may sum it up to an extent.
     
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    I wonder if anyone takes issue with the atheist comment.
     
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    The explanation is simple, free will is real, but only conservatives have it, liberals are programmed by the chemicals in their brains to believe things that have been thoroughly debunked.
     
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    *yawn*

    this again?

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    Liberals also generally accept new technology while conservatives, by definition, want nothing to do with progress.

    Hence the conservative title.

    I do not see liberals being more intelligent, just more open minded.
     
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    Wow, is this like that "Bell Curve" book that stated blacks were stupid because they were the ones that got caught? Is this written by the same author?
     
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    Conservatives resist new technology and liberals embrace it? Why do liberals like light rail? Do you really think that something that has to run on tracks that cannot be moved works better than a bus that can take a different route to avoid problems? Doesn't it make more sense to buy 8 buses that are more flexible and can carry more people than it does to purchase a single light rail car that shuts down completely if there is an accident?

    For the record, being a conservative, I oppose light rail because it sucks, not because it is new.
     

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