Political bias affects brain activity

Submitted by: buddy 11 years ago in
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/11009379

Democrats and Republicans alike are adept at making decisions without letting the facts get in the way.
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Male 17
Sorry to double post, but Cobrabite you are right on regarding this issue.
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Male 17
This is what I have known for years. It is also one reason why I try to remain neutral on most political issues until the actual facts come out. I personally consider myself a moderate with a shift more towards the conservate. When I say conservative I mean on social issues. The American political system tends to refer to democrats as "liberal" and republicans as "conservative" but this only appies to social issues. For instance economically I have seen tha that democrats seem to be more "conservative" and republicans more "liberal".
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Female 41
What I really want to know is, unless you own a business or are affiliated with a corporation-why on earth would you ever vote republican? And, I thought the Republicans were all about keeping government out of people`s lives-less is more , so why then is the current government spying on its own people? And just one more thing; if true conservatism is about being fiscal why the hell is the country almost 500billion in debt? Reasons to ponder why one is conservative.. Oh and at 13-17, sorry you have the opinion of your parents, this is why you are not leagally allowed to vote. Study the issues before blindly following the pack-please.
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Male 292
My area of the brain that deals with negative emotions is too big!
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Male 21
Wow...suprisingly calm debate in here. I like it. Anyways its hard to give a totally unbiased report because to some extent you are biased. Thats why I watch daily show and several other news stations for information. And yes I know the daily show doesn`t count as real news, but I like the fact that, liberal as most of the veiws are, they`ll critisize anyone`s stupidity and oftain bring up information others neglected in their stories.
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Male 354
rosie51391, I sort of agree with you. Still, I think people who are obsessed with celebrities are pathetic and need to live lives of their own. At least studying politics keeps you interested in something that actually has an effect on your life.
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Female 222
ah and yet another reason why i hate politics. it seems that most people are either getting sucked into celebrity lives or are yelling about a point that deals with politics. either way this cant be good for our halth mentally or physically >.<
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Male 1,399
The mainstream media can most definitely show bias.

They can decide which stories to highlight, and which to quash.

They can decide which words or phrases to use to describe certain people or groups.

They can allow their reporters leeway when describing an event.

Watch any newscast; could the reporter have presented it differently, thereby altering the tone of the story?

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Male 65
I have essentially given up on the American News Media because it is biased at all. I am conservative and I actually agree with this article. Even as I look back I can see me doing this
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Female 648
I actually didn`t read the article, and I admit to that. I DO know what it said though. But, actually my comment was for someone else. It was stating an observation, not really commenting on the article. Sorry for the confusion.
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Male 15
this is why I don`t really watch the news, or when I do, I don`t watch just one station all the time.
personally, I prefer the Daily Show :-)
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Male 10,115
If we could get rid of the Republicans and Democrats the country would be a better place. Non partisans rule.
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Male 1,225
So this explains why the political debates on this site always revert, almost immedeatley, to name calling and slanted half-truths.

I`m going to say it for the 5th time, GW was right.

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Male 285
This article is recent but the theoretical underpinnings have been around for decades, about as long as "ingroup/outgroup" theory has been present. Social psychologists show that its even worse than "ignoring facts". People will cherry-pick the type of information that they will believe. Often claiming that reports disconfirming their personal validations are in fact "biased reports".

For example someone might claim that the media is biased and then use that "information" to cherry pick what they wish to believe about the world around them. Its psychologically similiar to bigotry, in that if you hate jews then any information that disconfirms your views of jews automatically gets thrown into a category of "biased reporting". This is where all the ideas of "liberal media" or "gay agenda" is thrown at us. Facts cannot be biased, opinions can. And one would be hard pressed to find opinion related material in the mai

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Male 730
^love the pic. anyway, im thinking the media is indeed slanted in a liberal bias for this period of time, because the president is conservative. are you going to watch the news if every day all they say is
"and the president makes some mistakes, but hes doing a great job over all. back to you tom."
the point of the media is to inform the public, and they are human. its the reason communism fails, its the reason the news is biased. humans arent perfect. who gives half a crap about media bias. just go to multiple sources if you are that concerned about the truth.
by the way, im overall VERY liberal. so don`t think my admitance that the media is slanted towards liberals is biased in of itself.
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Male 429
I get it, if the government doesn`t babysit the people, were in trouble. But I mean more people should realize we have more serious problems than whether or not gay marriage should be allowed (and we should all know better than to expect the government to do more than talk about it)
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Male 354
theshark350, you are correct that America is not a democracy. It is a democratic republic. It is democratic in the sense that a direct popular vote is used in local matters, and it is a republic because we elect representatives who vote for us in national issues.

You may think moral beliefs are taken too seriously, but I think they are in danger. I`m no fanatic about gay marriage, religion, or abortion, but I don`t want America to turn into another Europe.

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Male 429
well, I`m a moderate and proud of it. I refuse to vote for the lesser of two evils. neither party actually does anything. We need to reform many things, to many to count, that nobody ever talks about, but I certainly hear enough rants of about gay marriage and abortion. oh, and the war. also the whole system is not fair to third parties (guess who runs it). and most of the people who commit to a party are just concerned with some spefic moral belief. Morals and ethics are not the problem of the government. Also I just have to mention that I hate Americans who fiercly maintain that they live in a democracy. I`m surrounded by idiots.
(sorry for the rant there, it was a bit longer than I planned...)
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Male 354
Twist 13, I agree, lolakitty72 is a fountain of wit and refreshing humor.
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Male 354
SPrinkZ, you`re obviously in denial. The vast majority of the press is liberal. The press is overwhelmingly liberal and it proves it every day. The libs have NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, PBS, National Public Radio, Newsweek, Time, and most major newspapers, most notably the New York Times. Conservatives can trust only FoxNews, some newspapers, and a growing number of internet sources. The vast majority of the press has voted for every Democratic presidential candidate in the last half century.
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Male 64
[quote]On 2/10/2006 2:35:47 AM lolakitty72 wrote: How is this news? Politicians ignoring facts AND logic...this just in: fire is hot, water is wet[/quote]

That is one of the funniest things said on here in a long time! LOL!!

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Male 2,306
The conservatives have all of the media, what are you talking about? Only Jon Stewart hasn`t bent to it (and he`s not even a real news caster is he?)

lol...

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Male 75
buddy, I can see why one would think FoxNews is biased because of the number of conservatives hosting shows on it, but I find that they report news about both Republicans and Democrats. The people might be conservative, but the news, as far as I know, is generally objective.

As for MSNBC, I suspected a liberal slant rather than the conservative one you detect. You say the media overall is balanced, but I disagree. The reason conservatives dominate the radio is ratings. Radio personalities are heard on more stations if they get high enough ratings from listeners. TV news and newspapers do not operate the same way, so there is more of a monopoly.

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Male 10,115
I think the idea of the liberal press is starting to get outdated. Fox News is the #1 news network in the US by a long shot, and is biased in the conservative direction. MSNBC is also conservative. On the other side, you have CNN and the networks. Seems to be pretty balanced. The liberals have newspapers on their sides to be sure, but the conservatives have radio.
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Male 75
ugh, I got cut off. Anyway, I was saying that I think suspicion of lying by the press motivates Republicans` bias.
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Male 75
What this article leaves out speaks more loudly than what it says. Notice it never told us WHY most people are biased against information that hurts their respective political candidates. I the bias stems from the assumption that the person giving the negative information is biased. Take the media for example. According to http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2005/...

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http://www.worldthreats.com/general_info...
, the press is overwhelmingly Democratic. Given the constant omission of stories that hurt Democrats and flooding of antiRepublican stories in the mainstream media, it is only logical to suspect the media lies about Republicans. This would explain Republicans` skepticism of any damaging information about Bush. I confess that I do not know precisely what drives the Democrats` bias, bu

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Male 10,115
Very good reason not to be a democrat or a republican. If you`re one of these, get out!

That post by LJK is pretty funny. She cleary didn`t read the article and is doing a great job of supporting it with her post.

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Female 338
...Well, duh.
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Male 1,399
These describe Democrats and Republicans at their purest essence:

"The study points to a total lack of reason in political decision-making."

"The result is that partisan beliefs are calcified, and the person can learn very little from new data,"

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Male 63
LKJSlain, did you even pay attention to the article?
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Female 123
Everyone likes to be right. No one likes to be wrong. It doesn`t matter what affiliation they have to anything. It just feels good to be `correct.` :D

"The result is that partisan beliefs are calcified, and the person can learn very little from new data," Westen said. Too bad that many people think that if they just keep talking they can get other`s to think like them. :-P

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Female 89
it didn`t work for me..and i took away the frame as well...stupid computer!!!
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Female 1,972
How is this news? Politicians ignoring facts AND logic...this just in: fire is hot, water is wet
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Female 648
I`m going to get knocked out of the sky for this, but ACTUALLY it`s the exACT opposite of what I`ve heard/experienced. During school, (college)and recent years I was confronted by many democrats, who told me that they hated Bush. They stood around stating "Peace, not war, no war for oil, bring the troops home," and ladee da. (Which, I personally think is a large waste of anyone`s time. Either go home and pray for it all, or take your kids home and DO something with them, stop making your 5 yr. old hold hate signs they don`t understand) - Anyways, I`d approach these people and they`d rant about how incredibly moronic Bush was and yadda, but they could NEVER give me ONE good reason for WHY. They just continually repeated hate over again. And when I even went as far as to ask someomene who CLAIMED that he had said something if they even WATCHED the debates, they blushed and replied, "No," - In MY experience, the democrats are the ones who simply spew hate. My fam watch
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Male 10,115
Link: Political bias affects brain activity [Rate Link] - Democrats and Republicans alike are adept at making decisions without letting the facts get in the way.
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