This is your brain on politics

Why do liberals and conservatives see the world so differently?
Neuroscience research suggests the two have slightly different brains.


If you're interested in this material and curious to learn more, a good introduction is a Jonathan Haidt Ted Talk or two on YouTube. If you still can't get enough, here's a sample of books I consulted.

The Righteous Mind

Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

By Jonathan Haidt

The Political Brain

The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation

By Drew Westen

The Political Mind

Why You Can't Understand 21st-Century American Politics with an 18th-Century Brain

By George Lakoff

Political Animals

How Our Stone-Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics

By Rick Shenkman

The Social Animal

The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement

By David Brooks


Liberals, Conservatives, and the Biology of Political Differences

By John R. Hibbing, Kevin B. Smith, John R. Alford

You're Not as Crazy as I Thought (But You're Still Wrong)

Conversations between a Die-Hard Liberal and a Devoted Conservative

By Phil Neisser and Jacob Z. Hess