Political Leanings Revealed by the Eyes

Across a variety of tasks, we are beginning to find a consistent pattern where conservatives are more responsive to threat/disgust, more responsive to angry faces, and less sensitive to gaze cues than liberals,” said researcher Michael Dodd, a psychologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “Liberals, on the other hand, are proving to be more responsive to positive/appetitive stimuli, more responsive to happy faces, and more sensitive to gazes.

Possible explanation:

One possibility is that liberals are more empathetic and thus more responsive to others. Another theory is that conservatives are better at following instructions and were thus more likely to listen when the researchers said to ignore the face.

Dodd and his colleagues believe that a more likely explanation is that conservatives value personal autonomy more than liberals, making them less likely to be influenced by others.

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Speaking of eyes, any red-blooded American male of the 80’s should know these set of eyes.

Sorry, Betty Davis, you ain’t got nothin’ on her.

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