Political bias affects brain activity

Reply Tue 31 Jan, 2006 05:03 pm
An interesting study that seems to imply the more partisan you are the less rational you are.

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.

Researchers asked staunch party members from both sides to evaluate information that threatened their preferred candidate prior to the 2004 Presidential election. The subjects' brains were monitored while they pondered.

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Reply Tue 31 Jan, 2006 06:10 pm
I'm sure most of us have met that "guy" that at first sounded very intelligent, well read...and up to date on current trends....even a bit fascinating I suppose....then after listening for awhile they start to slip into some odd conspiracy theory where they are able to connect every single major event in the past 500 years to some organisation or person...Free Masons....Jewish Banking....or Walt Disney.

When they get to that phase, and you offer some sort of conflicting idea...they will get that "just snorted a line of coke" look on their face...and continue along with their theory even more pumped up than they already were. Instead of making them pause and re-think, you have just added fuel to the fire.

So yeah, they get high telling thier own "lies", even though they don't see them as such.
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