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Submission + - Is "Left" vs. "Right" hard-coded into your brains? (smithsonianmag.com) 2

kyjellyfish writes: Research published in the journal PLOS ONE (http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2013/02/study-predicts-political-beliefs-with-83-percent-accuracy/?utm_source=smithsoniantopic&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20130217-Weekender), suggests that your parents "Left" or "Right" party affiliations are not the only factor at work shaping a person’s political identity. Differences in opinion between "Lefty's" and "Righty's" may reflect specific physiological processes, and claim that politics isn’t the only influence causing structural changes in the brain. In research performed over 10 years ago, brain scans showed that London cab drivers’ gray matter grew larger to help them store a mental map of the city.
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Is "Left" vs. "Right" hard-coded into your brains?

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  • So war-mongering conservative republicans are suddenly low risk takers. riiiiight

  • I assumed from the title this referred to Right or Left handedness, or Right or Left brain thinking. I certainly didn't think of politics given the definition of left and right in that context is a constantly changing depending on the current political climate.

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