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Mar 26: Spanking is to Republicans as Time-outs are to Democrats
Mar 26th, 2011 by Sam

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Guest:

Kevin B Smith, Professor of Political Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Are your political views shaped by your environment?  Do you come to your beliefs after long, careful, thoughtful evaluation?  Or, does our personality drive our political beliefs?  And, what creates that basic personality?

This has been in the news lately:

Nicholas Kristof writes: “…some humans are particularly alert to threats, particularly primed to feel vulnerable and perceive danger. Those people are more likely to be conservatives.  Our Politics May Be All in Our Head

See, they think the world is a very scary place!  Well, they might be right at least some of the time.  But, does that mean you can never leave your zip code??

We’ll get the low-down with Dr. Smith who has spent most of the past decade studying the biological basis of political attitudes and behavior. With John R. Hibbing, he co-directs the Political Physiology Lab at Nebraska, and has helped pioneer the use of techniques from psychophysiology, behavioral genetics, neuroscience and cognitive psychology to study political temperament.

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