Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Political Bias Affects Brain Activity



Brain scans show Democrats and Republicans both ignore facts.

Democrats and Republicans alike are adept at making decisions without letting the facts get in the way, a new study shows.

And they get quite a rush from ignoring information that's contrary to their point of view...

Bias on both sides

The test subjects on both sides of the political aisle reached totally biased conclusions by ignoring information that could not rationally be discounted, said Drew Westen, director of clinical psychology at Emory University.

...The study points to a total lack of reason in political decision-making.

...Notably absent were any increases in activation of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain most associated with reasoning.

Read the article here.

[The moral of the story is don't trust anyone committed to a political party.]

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