Monday, October 28, 2019

A neurology of the conservative-liberal dimension of political ideology

2017 article in The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. Excerpt from the abstract:

"Differences in political ideology are a major source of human disagreement and conflict. There is increasing evidence that neurobiological mechanisms mediate individual differences in political ideology through effects on a conservative-liberal axis. This review summarizes personality, evolutionary and genetic, cognitive, neuroimaging, and neurological studies of conservatism-liberalism and discusses how they might affect political ideology. What emerges from this highly variable literature is evidence for a normal right-sided cconservative-complex' involving structures sensitive to negativity bias, threat, disgust, and avoidance."

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