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I thought this was interesting...

Democrats vs. Republicans: Brains Wired Differently for Risk

http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/4957/20130214/dem...

"While the Republicans and Democrats did not differ in the risks that they took, there were striking differences in the actual brain activity during the risk-taking. Democrats, for example, showed significantly greater activity in the part of the brain associated with social and self-awareness. Republicans, in contrast, showed greater activity in a region involved with the body's fight-or-flight system. ...by measuring the brain during risk-taking behavior, they were able to predict whether a person is a Democrat or a Republican with 82.9 percent accuracy. In contrast, the traditional model that uses a person's mother and father to predict the child's affiliation is only accurate 69.5 percent of the time. And another model that is based on the differences in brain structure is only accurate 71.6 percent of the time."

"social and self-awareness" -- silly, ridiculous words.

I wonder if the decision-making brain location changes once a person marries, gets old enough to make money, gets too old or unhealthy to make much money, has kids, increases their education, joins the military, changes religious beliefs, is exposed to other cultures, etc.

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And I thought it was all hormones. Well, this does put a cramp into my idea about having women injected with testosterone every four years pre-Election Day to go along with my idea of a Lesbian Oktoberfest Olympiad. This way instead of displaying a purple finger like in Iraq to show voting participation everyone could have simply shaved off their moustaches for Movember. Completely perfect plan shot completely to hell.
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"silly, ridiculous words" -- blanket description of the vast majority of your posts.
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Why would you think it changes?
 
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Seems pretty obvious that this is just a way of seeing what people think, it's not telling you anything really about how they think. Of course when people think in certain ways (e.g., they respond to a question about a social issue with concern for the poor, or with glee at seeing the underclass suffer) then that's going to affect which parts of their brains are active.
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The two brain regions the article is talking about are the insular cortex for Democrats and the amygdala for Republicans. The insular cortex is only found in mammals, whereas the amygdala is much older and exists in all higher vertebrates (reptiles, birds, and mammals).

Both structures are involved with similar functions, and in mammals are interconnected.
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jmilum wrote:
The two brain regions the article is talking about are the insular cortex for Democrats and the amygdala for Republicans. The insular cortex is only found in mammals, whereas the amygdala is much older and exists in all higher vertebrates (reptiles, birds, and mammals).

Both structures are involved with similar functions, and in mammals are interconnected.
So Republicans are loathsome spotted reptiles?
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