The Big Lie (German: Große Lüge) is a propaganda technique. The expression was coined by Adolf Hitler, when he dictated his 1925 book Mein Kampf, about the use of a lie so “colossal” that no one would believe that someone “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.” — Wikipedia
Joshua Holland reports for the AlterNet.org website:
Researchers at University College London discovered that “greater conservatism was associated with increased volume of the right amygdala.” The amygdala is an ancient brain structure that’s activated during states of fear and anxiety. (The researchers also found that “greater liberalism was associated with increased gray matter volume in the anterior cingulate cortex” – a region in the brain that is believed to help people manage
“Another scientific paper on this subject came out – from the National Science Foundation-supported political physiology laboratory at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln,” writes Chris Mooney for The Huffington Post:
The work, published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, goes further still in helping us understand how biological and physiological differences between liberals and conservatives may lead to very different patterns of political
The Nebraska-Lincoln researchers had liberals and conservatives look at varying combinations of images that were meant to excite different emotions. There were images that caused fear and disgust – a spider crawling on a person’s face, maggots in an open wound – but also images that made you feel happy: a smiling child, a bunny rabbit. The researchers also mixed in images of liberal and conservative politicians – Bill and Hillary Clinton, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.
While they did all of this, the scientists measured the subjects’ “skin conductance” – the moistening of their sweat glands, an indication of sympathetic nervous system arousal – as well as where their eyes went first and how long they stayed there.
The difference was striking: Conservatives showed much stronger skin responses to negative images, compared with the positive ones. Liberals showed the opposite. And when the scientists turned to studying eye gaze or “attentional” patterns, they found that conservatives looked much more quickly at negative or threatening images, and [then] spent more time fixating on them. Liberals, in contrast, were less quickly drawn to negative images – and spent more time looking at positive
“That one ideological camp is so consumed with fear also has a lot to do with why conservatives and liberals share so little common ground,” writes Holland:
Progressives tend to greet these narratives with facts and reason, but as Chris Mooney notes, when your amygdala is activated, it takes over and utterly dominates the brain structures dedicated to reason. Then the “fight-or-flight” response takes precedence over critical
1 Joshua Holland, “Why Is the Conservative Brain More Fearful? The Alternate Reality Right-Wingers Inhabit Is Terrifying,” AlterNet.org, 1 May 2012, page 1 at http://www.alternet.org/story/155210/why_is_the_conservative_brain_more_fearful_the_alternate_reality
2 Chris Mooney, “Want to Understand Republicans? First Understand Evolution,” The Huffington Post, 8 March 2012, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-mooney/want-to-understand-republ_b_1262542.html (retrieved: 5 September 2012).
3 Joshua Holland, “Why Is the Conservative Brain More Fearful? The Alternate Reality Right-Wingers Inhabit Is Terrifying,” AlterNet.org, 1 May 2012, page 3 at http://www.alternet.org/story/155210/why_is_the_conservative_brain_more_fearful_the_alternate_reality
Chris, “Liberal and Conservative Anterior Cingulate Cortices,” ScienceBlogs.com, 10 September 2007, at http://scienceblogs.com/mixingmemory/2007/09/10/liberal-and-conservative-anter/ (retrieved: 5 September 2012).
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