Neurocognitive correlates of liberalism and conservatism

David M. Amodio, John T. Jost, Sarah L. Master, Cindy M. Yee

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Political scientists and psychologists have noted that, on average, conservatives show more structured and persistent cognitive styles, whereas liberals are more responsive to informational complexity, ambiguity and novelty. We tested the hypothesis that these profiles relate to differences in general neurocognitive functioning using event-related potentials, and found that greater liberalism was associated with stronger conflict-related anterior cingulate activity, suggesting greater neurocognitive sensitivity to cues for altering a habitual response pattern.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1246-1247
Number of pages2
JournalNature Neuroscience
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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