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Study: calm people are liberal, skittish are conservative?

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WASHINGTON DC: Calm people tend to be liberals, while those who react strongly to sudden noises and threatening images tend to be political conservatives, says a study in the U.S. journal Science today.

"Individuals with measurably lower physical sensitivities to sudden noises and threatening visual images were more likely to support foreign aid, liberal immigration policies, pacifism, and gun control," said the study conducted by U.S. researchers from Rice University in Texas, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Illinois, and the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioural Genetics.

 
soonmommyof3

Asked by soonmommyof3 at 8:40 PM on Mar. 4, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Well I'm a conservative Republican and I'm a bundle of nerves! lol Maybe it is true who knows? Silly and I don't think it applies to everyone. Thanks for the giggle today though :)
    marine_wife0520

    Answer by marine_wife0520 at 12:09 PM on Mar. 5, 2010

  • Strong beliefs

    "Individuals displaying measurably higher physiological reactions to those same stimuli were more likely to favour defence spending, capital punishment, patriotism, and the Iraq war," the authors write.

    Participants in the study were selected randomly by phone and screened to determine if they held strong political beliefs, regardless of which way they leaned. Forty-six people who were retained for the study were then asked to fill out a questionnaire asking them, among other things, about their political beliefs.

    Later, two common physiological reactions to a perceived danger, blinking and skin moisture levels, were measured after the participants had heard a sudden noise and seen threatening images; a large spider on a frightened person's face, a person with a bloody face, and a maggot-infested wound.
    soonmommyof3

    Answer by soonmommyof3 at 8:40 PM on Mar. 4, 2010

  • Cause or effect?

    Those who supported conservative policies – such as military spending, school prayer, and the death penalty – reacted strongly to the stimuli, while people who backed liberal policies such as foreign aid, pacifism, gay marriage and abortion rights were calmer.

    The researchers were unable to say whether political attitude causes the physiological reaction or vice versa.

    But the link that the study suggests exists between the two traits "provides one possible explanation for both the lack of malleability in the beliefs of individuals with strong political convictions, and for the ubiquity of political conflict," they said.
    soonmommyof3

    Answer by soonmommyof3 at 8:41 PM on Mar. 4, 2010

  • What do you guys think? Crazy? or some truth to the matter?

    soonmommyof3

    Answer by soonmommyof3 at 8:42 PM on Mar. 4, 2010

  • Was this study done by liberals?
    TBandNCmommy

    Answer by TBandNCmommy at 8:45 PM on Mar. 4, 2010

  • Forty-six people who were retained for the study were then asked to fill out a questionnaire asking them, among other things, about their political beliefs.


    46 people? I have been criticized libs for bringing up a poll that had a few hundred in the polling size... But 46??? Paaaaaahleeeeeeeze....

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:49 PM on Mar. 4, 2010

  • LOL. Scientists and educated people ....look at the Universities represented who did the study.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:51 PM on Mar. 4, 2010

  • momof030404

    Answer by momof030404 at 8:54 PM on Mar. 4, 2010

  • umm. just for your info... I'm not a liberal. I was readying up on conservatives and came across this and thought it was funny and somewhat stupid.

    soonmommyof3

    Answer by soonmommyof3 at 8:55 PM on Mar. 4, 2010

  • One only has to look to the many liberal protests through the years to see that ain't calm LOL
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:55 PM on Mar. 4, 2010

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