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The Politics of Fear

Science Magazine has an article about a new study that compared fear with politics.

People were shown a series of images, some neutral, some startling or frightening. The interesting part is that those who were more susceptible to fear strongly tended to be conservative, while those who were more resistant to fear strongly tended to be liberal.

The authors point out that family and twin studies have revealed strong genetic influences both for liberal-versus-conservative views and for people's sensitivity to threat. They speculate that the correlation could have something to do with the patterns of neural activity surrounding the amygdala, the seat of fear in the brain.

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