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Friday, June 15, 2007

I'm Right and That's That...!!!

BOOK EXCERPT - "Right You Are, and That's That"
By Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson

Neuroscientists have recently shown that biases in thinking are built into the very way the brain processes information - all brains, regardless of their owner's political affiliation. In a study of people who were being monitored by magnetic resonance imaging while they were trying to process dissonant or consonant information about George Bush or John Kerry, researchers found that the reasoning areas of the brain virtually shut down when participants were confronted with dissonant information, and the emotion circuits of the brain lit up happily when consonance was restored. Researchers also showed that reading information that goes against your point of view can make you all the more convinced you are right. So there is a neurological basis for the observation that once our minds are made up, it is hard to change them.

I found this to be fascinating information! So does this mean liberalism is a mental disorder??? (Just joking!)

3 comments:

Linda said...

So being stubborn isn't all in one's head?? I think it's definitely a genetic disorder as I inherited it from my father and I would be willing to bet he got it from his own father and so on down the line!

Travis said...

This is quite fascinating. But if it means liberalism is a mental disorder, then wouldn't it follow that so is conservatism? LOL!

Seriously, I believe this. The brain is such a complex machine. So many different chemical reactions and pulses and neurological reactions. It's a wonder we don't go into brain lock more often!

Comedy + said...

Well, this explains a lot. I always wondered. Very informative post Gracie. Have a great weekend. :)