Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Baby, I've Got A Huge Anterior Cingulate Cortex!

A tip from an alert twitterati:
Using data from MRI scans, researchers at the University College London found that self-described liberals have a larger anterior cingulate cortex--a gray matter of the brain associated with understanding complexity. Meanwhile, self-described conservatives are more likely to have a larger amygdala, an almond-shaped area that is associated with fear and anxiety.

"Previously, some psychological traits were known to be predictive of an individual's political orientation," lead researcher Ryota Kanai writes of the study in the latest issue of Current Biology. "Our study now links personality traits with specific brain structure."
If you don't believe the part about conservatives being strong in fear and anxiety, just walk up to one and say, "Taxes."

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