Cognitive Differences Between Liberals and Conservatives?
September 11, 2007 9:00 AM Subscribe
In an experiment
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reported in the journal Nature Neuroscience
, scientists at NYU and UCLA demonstrate that political orientation is related to basic differences in cognition - how the brain processes information. Psychological studies in the past found conservatives tend to be more structured and persistent in their judgments while liberals are more "open to new experiences." The latest study finds these traits are not confined to political situations but also influence everyday decisions.
On one hand, there is something to be said about focus and holding to your convictions under pressure. On the other hand, there is also something to be said about the ability to reprocess a situation as it unfolds and try a different tactic if needed.