Do liberals and conservatives see the world differently because of differences in how their brains work? And if so, what does that portend for the increasingly rare art of political compromise? Those are two provocative questions being asked by researchers at New York University's Brain Imaging Center, which is measuring subtle differences in the neurological responses of liberals and conservatives.
The findings suggest yes: conservatives and liberals have brains that look and act differently. "Using MRI, scientists can see what areas of the brain are using more blood than others. The more blood in an area, the more activation," notes the author. The findings of a study involving 90 liberal and conservative participants may surprise you. Courtesy The National Journal.