Liberals Tolerate Ambiguity and Conflict… Better Than Conservatives

11Sep07

Saving this one for later commenting. An article in LA Times claims that scientists found that self-confessed liberals have a better tolerance for ambiguity and conflict than conservatives.

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.

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Previous psychological studies have found that conservatives tend to be more structured and persistent in their judgments whereas liberals are more open to new experiences. The latest study found those traits are not confined to political situations but also influence everyday decisions.

The results show “there are two cognitive styles — a liberal style and a conservative style,” said UCLA neurologist Dr. Marco Iacoboni, who was not connected to the latest research.

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