01.05.2015

Conservatives and liberals "see things differently"

Conservatives and liberals "see things differently"

A new study has revealed that people who class themselves as liberal or conservative literally see the world differently.

Research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) measured both liberals" and conservatives" reactions to "gaze cues" - a person"s tendency to shift attention in a direction consistent with another person"s eye movements, and found a big difference between the two groups.

According to the study, liberals responded strongly to the prompts, consistently moving their attention in the direction suggested to them by a face on a computer screen, while conservatives did not.

Kevin Smith, UNL professor of political science and one of the study"s authors, 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.

"This study basically provides one more piece of evidence that liberals and conservatives perceive the world, and process information taken in from that world, in different ways," he said.

by Alexa Kaczka


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