Read this first.....
A group of 43 right-handed subjects were asked to perform a series of computer tests designed to evaluate their unrehearsed response to cues urging them to break a well-established routine.
"People often drive home from work on the same route, day after day, such that it becomes habitual and doesn't involve much thinking," Amodio explained by way of comparison in an e-mail.
"But occasionally there is road work, or perhaps an animal crosses the road, and you need to break out of your habitual response in order to deal with this new information."
Using electroencephalographs, which measure neuronal impulses, the researchers examined activity in a part of the brain -- the anterior cingulate cortex -- that is strongly linked with the self-regulatory process of conflict monitoring.
The match-up was unmistakable: respondents who had described themselves as liberals showed "significantly greater conflict-related neural activity" when the hypothetical situation called for an unscheduled break in routine.
Conservatives, however, were less flexible, refusing to deviate from old habits "despite signals that this ... should be changed."
Whether that is good or bad, of course, depends on one's perspective: one could interpret the results to mean that liberals are nimble-minded and conservatives rigid and stubborn.
Or one could, with equal justice, conclude that wishy-washy liberals don't stick to their guns, while conservatives and steadfast and loyal. Link
Lets's consider. It appears the "test" illustration was confronting a change in the way one drove home every day....caused, theoretically, by a road work created detour.
Liberals seemed to adapt better to the detour, solving the re-routing problem with "significantly greater conflict-related neural activity". Conservatives "were less flexible".
Then, outrageously in my opinion, the writer says this...."whether that is good or bad...depends on one's perspective...."
Can't be evaluated objectively, in other words.
So.....when a conservative has to make decisions on the fly, like navigating a detour in the road or, say, navigating a war of choice, the conservative's brain is inflexible whereas the liberal's brain adjusts to the circumstances.....solving the problem with less difficulty. It would seem that one of these two responses would be more preferred over the other....but the writer says it's all in the eye of the beholder.
The next time your conservative friend or family member calls you all befuddled because he or she is lost on the highway, or the next time you see President Bush befuddled about his war of choice.....not to worry....these things are not good or bad.....problem solving abilities are not to be preferred over befuddlement in the face of challenge. If the lost one or the lost one's war doesn't make it.....ain't no thing.....no biggie.....it's just how diferent people deal.
Behold the brilliance of today's establishment writers. A person who can deal swiftly with a problem like a detour could be called "wishy washy". Conservatives who can't deal with the detour problem easily could, with "equal justice", be considered "steadfast and loyal".
And THAT.....leaves me speechless.
Must all be in the "perspective", huh?
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