Saturday, September 13, 2008

3rd parties even get left out of political studies...

[I posted this link in 2006 shortly after it was online...tonight I happen to see it again while looking at the Quotes tag on it looks different now from my hardcore pro-vote-your-conscience viewpoint...I wish the other than D or R parties were also studied.] Flashback: 2006 "None of the circuits involved in conscious reasoning were particularly engaged," Westen said. "Essentially, it appears as if partisans twirl the cognitive kaleidoscope until they get the conclusions they want, and then they get massively reinforced for it, with the elimination of negative emotional states and activation of positive ones." Notably absent were any increases in activation of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain most associated with reasoning. ... A brain-scan technique known as functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, revealed a consistent pattern. Both Republicans and Democrats consistently denied obvious contradictions for their own candidate but detected contradictions in the opposing candidate.

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