September 11, 2007

The Political Brain

Study finds left-wing brain, right-wing brain

By Denise Gellene -Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 10, 2007

Even in humdrum nonpolitical decisions, liberals and conservatives literally think differently, researchers show.

Exploring the neurobiology of politics, scientists have found that liberals tolerate ambiguity and conflict better than conservatives because of how their brains work.

In a simple experiment reported todayin the journal Nature Neuroscience, scientists at New York University and UCLA show that political orientation is related to differences in how the brain processes information.