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Op-Ed: Nevada County Democrats | Your Political Party Is All in Your Head


By: Nevada County Democratic Central Committee

March 26, 2013 - A simple gambling game, could tell whether you were a Democrat or a Republican within an 82.9 percent degree of accuracy.

Dr. Darren Schreiber, a researcher in neuropolitics at the University of Exeter in Cornwall, England, teamed up with neuroscientists at the University of California, San Diego, to determine if one's party affiliation could be predicted based on brain activity. The researchers measured which part of the brain lit up when participants played a simple gambling game. The results of the experiment, which were published in PLOS ONE in a February 2013 article titled "Red Brain, Blue Brain: Evaluative Processes Differ in Democrats and Republicans," showed striking differences in the subjects' brain activity during the game.

Democrats showed significantly greater activity in the left insula, a region associated with social and self-awareness. Meanwhile Republicans showed significantly greater activity in the right amygdala, a region involved in the body's fight-or-flight system. These results suggest that liberals and conservatives engage different cognitive processes when they think about risk.

This research may help explain the current polarization between Republicans and Democrats.

Will this research study that explains bridging the gap between the two parts of our brain also show us how to bridge the gap between the two political parties? Some of us still believe that Americans can unite and work together for the sake of the country. People who are tired of dysfunctional political posturing could support this research. Or would it be too much of a gamble?

Nevada County Democratic Central Committee
PO Box 2074
Grass Valley, CA 95945
2059 Nevada City Hwy, Suite 206
(530) 477-1804


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