Here’s What Science Says About the Brains of Democrats and Republicans

By Dylan Goldstein

https://braindecoder.com/post/politics-neuroscience-1282982492

Pre-reading activity:

Before reading, please check this video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kI-un8rHP14

Questions:

  1. What surprising piece of information is provided in the first paragraph concerning people’s political leanings? They seem to be determined……..
  2. After reading the section titled “What are brain differences?”, fill in the table.
The liberal brain The conservative brain
The greater volume in
Implications of above
The increased ability to detect a conflict
Greater shock in a crisis situation
A more non-judgmental attitude
Increased cultural sensitivity
Greater horror in the face of images of war
A more emotional approach to decision making
  1. What could be concluded from the fact that die-hard liberals and republicans were greatly disturbed by when faced with conflicting ideologies?
  2. The greater involvement of the ventral striatum in the second phase of the experiment doesn’t bode well for the future of politics because it indicates that……
  3. The US President, Donald Trump and his close followers favor certain news channels while attacking others and banning them from White House press briefings. The reason could be that they have…
  4. Read the last paragraph. What is the main idea of this part?
  • It’s easy to convince people of the superiority of our political ideologies.
  • Political view is affected by parenting style, biological inheritance and their environment.
  • Being aware of the political prejudices may help us to ignore them.
  • We would need to able to change the biology of the political rivals to convince them of our own opinion.

Post Reading Activity:

How is the text organized? What kind of text is it? (comparison and contrast, argumentative, etc.) Please prepare an outline of the text.

Writing Task:

What causes politicians to be rigid about their ideologies? What are the possible effects of this attitude towards politics?

Answers:

  1. by the makeup of our brains
The liberal brain The conservative brain
The greater volume in ACC Amygdalae
Implications of above approaching policy issues with greater sensitivity driven by fear and emotional rewards
The increased ability to detect a conflict X
Greater shock in a crisis situation X
A more non-judgmental attitude X
Increased cultural sensitivity X
Greater horror in the face of images of war X
A more emotional approach to decision making X
  1. When it comes to politics, people tend to have pretty strong opinions and aren’t always so receptive to conflicting ideologies
  2. Many individuals tend to be stuck in their ways when it comes to politics; It points to political stubbornness.
  3. Built a feedback loop (that…)
  4. The second

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