Political Attitudes Vary with Physiological Traits

  title={Political Attitudes Vary with Physiological Traits},
  author={Douglas R. Oxley and Kevin B Smith and John R. Alford and Matthew V. Hibbing and Jennifer L. Miller and Mario J. Scalora and Peter K. Hatemi and John R. Hibbing},
  pages={1667 - 1670}
Although political views have been thought to arise largely from individuals' experiences, recent research suggests that they may have a biological basis. We present evidence that variations in political attitudes correlate with physiological traits. In a group of 46 adult participants with strong political beliefs, individuals with measurably lower physical sensitivities to sudden noises and threatening visual images were more likely to support foreign aid, liberal immigration policies… 

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