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Personality in the News

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Our Politics May Be All in Our Heads (NY Times, 2/13/10)

Conservatives appear to be more reactive to threats than liberals are. 

Discussion questions: Summarize the evidence for a physiological basis for a tendency toward conservative or liberal politics. If one's political leanings are not hard-wired, what other explanations could account for the findings?

Conference presentation: Smith, K. B., Oxley, D. R., Hibbing, M. V., Alford, J. R., & Hibbing, J. R. (2008). The ick factor: Physiological sensitivity to disgust as a predictor of political attitudes. Retrieved from http://www.allacademic.com//meta/p_mla_apa_research_citation/3/6/2/2/4/pages362242/p362242-1.php.

Journal article: Oxley, D. R., Smith, K. B., Alford, J. R., Hibbing, M. V., Miller, J. L., Scalora, M., Hatemi, P. K., & Hibbing, J. R. (2008). Political attitudes vary with physiological traits. Science, 321(19), doi: 10.1126/science.1157627


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