Conservative and Liberal Brains Differ In Structure
This study has been getting a fair amount of press, because who wouldn’t want to put a biological basis behind political views? It’s a very tempting story. Mostly because it would prove that [insert political party you don’t like] have brains after all!
It’s really difficult to measure something complicated like political affiliation with brain structure, and this study doesn’t get to the bottom of anything like cause and effect. So please be careful with your conclusions. Like, don’t make any.
What we really should be mentioning is that Colin Firth is a co-author on this study. Yes, that Colin Firth.
(via Liberal vs. Conservative: Does the Difference Lie in the Brain?)
(the highlighted area in this image is the anterior cingulate gyrus, enlarged in the liberals studied)