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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Left Brain Right Brain Politics: Lighting the Circuit Board

In a report first published by MSNBC News, there seems to be a correlation just how those on the left and the right of the political spectrum think. Its all in how their mental circuit board lights.

In MIR tests sections of the brain that are responsible for logic and emotions can be isolated. Brain activity can measured by just what part lights up.

Interestingly, those on the left side of the political spectrum and those on the right had similar results. But were completely opposite.

If the right thinking brain was confronted with issues that were of value to them their logic circuitry would light up like a Christmas tree. Otherwise, if they were confronted with left leaning political issues, logic was overcome by the electrical impulses in the area of the brain that controlled emotion.

It was just the opposite for those on the left side of political thought. They could logically analyze positions that they were attuned with, but when considering right wing issues they were lost in the emotionally controlled part of their brain.

"The study points to a total lack of reason in political decision-making. " (MSNBC)

For those interested in clear thinking, we hope all will strive to recognize when they are thinking with their brain or their heart. Of course people don't really think with their heart, so try to understand you are not thinking with emotions either.