Neural nonpartisans

Darren Schreiber, Greg Fonzo, Alan Simmons, Chris Dawes, Taru Flagan, Martin Paulus

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    While affective conflict between partisans is driving much of modern politics, it is also driving increasing numbers to eschew partisan labels. A dominant theory is that these self-proclaimed independents are merely covert partisans. In the largest functional brain imaging study of neuropolitics to date, we find differences between partisans and nonpartisans in the right medial temporal pole, orbitofrontal/medial prefrontal cortex, and right ventrolateral prefrontal cortex, three regions often engaged during social cognition. These results suggest that rather than being simply covert partisans, nonpartisans process the world in a way different from their partisan counterparts.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)576-595
    Number of pages20
    JournalJournal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - 2022

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Sociology and Political Science


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