Sunday, October 28, 2007

Political Identity Linked Directly To Neurobiological Variation

Frank Sulloway of the Institute of Personality and Social Research at the University of California, Berkeley, who was not involved in the study, said results "provided an elegant demonstration that individual differences on a conservative-liberal dimension are strongly related to brain activity."


Pollock saw another benefit to the findings: if political attitudes are tied to neurobiology, it would make bashing conservatives — or liberals — pointless. Perhaps they are not making a choice. Perhaps it’s how they’re built.

Link, link, link.


  1. Political views can change with experience and personal development as well. That's what I've experienced. People's politics are not necessarily on one side of the ledger or the other (ie. either liberal or conservative) either.

    I have heard of these studies as well coming out of Berkeley, and they've been used to bash one side or the other, saying one side tends to be confident and self-reliant, while the other side is a bunch of wimps that looks up to authority for protection. And the people they said this "rule" applied to was the opposite of what you might think.

  2. I think this was research from Chicago. There's definitely been researching linking personality types to political identities, but the research I'm linking to here shows actual trends in brain activity. Like an actual correlation between neurochemistry and political identity. I don't doubt there's judgemental research out there but this isn't it.


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