Politics and Your Brain

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By Marghi Merzenich on December 13, 2010

According to scientists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, eye movement can teach you a lot more about politics than you might guess. These scientists studied how liberals and conservatives respond to “gaze cues,” and found dramatic differences. The short version: the liberals generally followed the cues, the conservatives did not. Read about the study here.

According to one of the authors, the study “basically provides one more piece of evidence that liberals and conservatives perceive the world, and process information taken in from that world, in different ways.”

Might such perceptual differences help explain the difficulty liberals and conservatives have in finding common ground, especially in Congress?

I welcome your thoughts!

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