Author(s): Amodio DM, Jost JT, Master SL, Yee CM
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Abstract Political scientists and psychologists have noted that, on average, conservatives show more structured and persistent cognitive styles, whereas liberals are more responsive to informational complexity, ambiguity and novelty. We tested the hypothesis that these profiles relate to differences in general neurocognitive functioning using event-related potentials, and found that greater liberalism was associated with stronger conflict-related anterior cingulate activity, suggesting greater neurocognitive sensitivity to cues for altering a habitual response pattern.
This article was published in Nat Neurosci
and referenced in Journal of Genetic Syndromes & Gene Therapy