Scientific proof that right-wingers are overly emotional cowards

by Ben Hoffman

Scientists have found that people with conservative views have brains with larger amygdalas, almond shaped areas in the centre of the brain often associated with anxiety and emotions.

On the other hand, they have a smaller anterior cingulate, an area at the front of the brain associated with courage and looking on the bright side of life.

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Prof Geraint Rees, who led the research, said: “We were very surprised to find that there was an area of the brain that we could predict political attitude.

“It is very surprising because it does suggest there is something about political attitude that is encoded in our brain structure through our experience or that there is something in our brain structure that determines or results in political attitude.”

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10 Responses to “Scientific proof that right-wingers are overly emotional cowards”

  1. More junk science from the idiots who brought us Climategate and other Global warming scams.
    So this means liberals are less emotional and more callous and heartless then, according to your junk scientists. 🙂
    That should put an end to the “grandma eating dog food” and “children starving in the streets” liberal rants then. 🙂

    • More junk science from the idiots who brought us Climategate and other Global warming scams.

      Have you actually bothered to look into the issues of AGW and climate change? It seems like it might be nice to have actual informed opinion before make claims like you have, because in light of the actual evidence, they look quite silly.

  2. LOL!!! I KNEW it!

    Poor Mrflibble. Truth hurts.

  3. TIME Magazine:
    Got a big social network? Then you probably have a large amygdala, according to a new study that found a connection between the size of this brain region and the number of social relationships a person has. The complexity of those relationships — as measured by the number of people who occupied multiple roles in a social network such as being simultaneously a friend and a co-worker — was also linked with amygdala size.

    The findings are in line with past animal studies that have shown that species with larger social groups have relatively larger amygdalas, when brain and body size are taken into account, compared with less social animals. “Our question was, could we see this variation within a single species?” says lead author Lisa Barrett, director of the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory at Northeastern University. (More on Time.com: Where Does Fear Come From? (Hint: It’s Not the Creepy Basement)

    Understanding the relationship between the size of an individual’s amygdala and his or her social relationships could help lead to treatments for a variety of conditions that involve difficulties with social connections, such as depression or autism.

    So what does the amygdala actually do? “[It’s] strongly connected with almost every other structure in brain. In the past, people assumed it was really important for fear. Then they discovered it was actually important for all emotions. And it’s also important for social interaction and face recognition,” Barrett says. “The amygdala’s job in general is to signal to the rest of brain when something that you’re faced with is uncertain. For example, if you don’t know who someone is, and you are trying to identify them, whether it is a friend or a foe, the amygdala is probably playing a role in helping you to perform all of those tasks.”

    Barrett says it is commonly assumed that the size of a structure reflects its computational capacity, noting that if your larger amygdala easily allows you to identify people you’ve met before at a cocktail party, you will have a much easier time connecting and socializing. “You can imagine that might be one thing someone with big amygdala might be better at and that might lay the foundation for easier formation of social bonds,” she says.
    The research, which was published in Nature Neuroscience, found a moderate correlation between amygdala size and the number and complexity of social relationships in 58 healthy adults aged 19 to 83.

    Interestingly, however, amygdala size was not related to the quality of those relationships or to whether or not people enjoyed socializing. “We looked at measures of ‘How much do you enjoy social interaction?’ and ‘Are you satisfied with your social support?’ and that was not related to amygdala volume,” says Barrett.

    Prior research has shown that people with autistic spectrum disorders have smaller amygdalas, which could help explain their social problems. But these studies cannot determine cause or effect — whether having a small amygdala makes socializing difficult, or whether lack of social interaction shrinks the amygdala — or whether both factors interact and result in a smaller brain region. For example, it may be that the amygdala requires a certain amount of social experience in order to develop properly; not receiving that, it may remain small but capable of further growth given the right social exposure. (More on Time.com: Forget the Joneses: How Envy Drives Destructive Behavior)

    “This study represents an important initial study in human neurosociology — the study of the neurobiology of human living groups. The findings, while preliminary, suggest that the structure and functional capacity of our brain is influenced by the nature, quality and quantity of relational connections we — and our extended relational community — have,” says Dr. Bruce Perry, senior fellow at the ChildTrauma Academy who was not associated with the research. (Full disclosure: Perry and I have co-authored two books.)

    While this study did not look at the size of people’s online social networks, the researchers plan to include those measures in future research to determine their influence.

    Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2010/12/28/how-to-win-friends-have-a-big-amygdala/#ixzz19bKIEdmR

  4. So that makes Liberals small brained, anti-social loners.
    gee, I guess does get things right. 🙂

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