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Offline DVZ3

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Red Brain, Blue Brain...
« on: February 14, 2013, 12:11:45 PM »

"Democrats showed significantly greater activity in the left insula, a region associated with social and self-awareness. Meanwhile Republicans showed significantly greater activity in the right amygdala, a region involved in the body's fight-or-flight system. These results suggest that liberals and conservatives engage different cognitive processes when they think about risk.
In fact, brain activity in these two regions alone can be used to predict whether a person is a Democrat or Republican with 82.9% accuracy. By comparison, the longstanding traditional model in political science, which uses the party affiliation of a person's mother and father to predict the child's affiliation, is only accurate about 69.5% of the time. And another model based on the differences in brain structure distinguishes liberals from conservatives with only 71.6% accuracy."
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Re: Red Brain, Blue Brain...
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2013, 12:43:38 PM »
What part of the red brain shows their intense hatred for President Obama?
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Re: Red Brain, Blue Brain...
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2013, 05:26:40 PM »
Wow.  Fascinating study.  Too bad they had such a small pool of folks to test.

Budget cuts, I imagine.

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Re: Red Brain, Blue Brain...
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2013, 06:11:40 PM »
With only 84 test subjects, this is hardly conclusive, though it is interesting.
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Re: Red Brain, Blue Brain...
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2013, 06:33:33 PM »
Holds for Star Trek as well:

Blue shirt: Interesting phenomena. I would like to learn more. I must study it.

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