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PoliCon
12-10-2010, 12:20 AM
Liberals Focus Their Attention on 'Gaze Cues' Much Differently Than Conservatives Do

ScienceDaily (Dec. 9, 2010) It goes without saying that conservatives and liberals don't see the world in the same way. Now, research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln suggests that is exactly, and quite literally, the case.

In a new study, UNL researchers measured both liberals' and conservatives' reaction to "gaze cues" -- a person's tendency to shift attention in a direction consistent with another person's eye movements, even if it's irrelevant to their current task -- and found big differences between the two groups.

Liberals responded strongly to the prompts, consistently moving their attention in the direction suggested to them by a face on a computer screen. Conservatives, on the other hand, did not.

Why? Researchers suggested that conservatives' value on personal autonomy might make them less likely to be influenced by others, and therefore less responsive to the visual prompts.

"We thought that political temperament may moderate the magnitude of gaze-cuing effects, but we did not expect conservatives to be completely immune to these cues," said Michael Dodd, a UNL assistant professor of psychology and the lead author of the study.

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PoliCon
12-10-2010, 12:20 AM
So basically - conservatives are trailblazers and leftists are followers. Anyone shocked by this?

Rockntractor
12-10-2010, 12:23 AM
Mindless sheep!

Kay
12-10-2010, 07:36 AM
This is interesting to know.
I like to watch and study body language.

Gingersnap
12-10-2010, 09:40 AM
Wow! This is great news! I'm completely immune to their Jedi/Sith mind tricks. :D

wilbur
12-10-2010, 10:50 AM
academic authorities. intellectuals. scientific fact. self doubt.

modern conservatism stands towards them in defiance (along with all the other tools necessary for self-correction), assured that their internal beliefs and personal experience trump all else, full stop.

hell... most won't even avert their gaze when the earth tells them it is 4 billion years old, and not 6 thousand... they certainly aren't going to do it for an image on a computer screen.

PoliCon
12-10-2010, 12:36 PM
academic authorities. intellectuals. scientific fact. self doubt.

modern conservatism stands towards them in defiance (along with all the other tools necessary for self-correction), assured that their internal beliefs and personal experience trump all else, full stop.

hell... most won't even avert their gaze when the earth tells them it is 4 billion years old, and not 6 thousand... they certainly aren't going to do it for an image on a computer screen.

http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo290/mindyobeeznis/not-another-dumbass.jpg