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What Made You Vote the Way You Did?

A team of political scientists and neuroscientists has shown that liberals and conservatives use different parts of the brain when they make risky decisions, and these regions can...
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We Vote With Our Genes

Which candidate you vote for may depend more on your biological make-up than a careful analysis of issues, because the brains of self-identified Democrats and Republicans are hard-wired...
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Want a Successful President? Elect a Psychopath!

The fearless dominance associated with psychopathy may be an important predictor of U.S. presidential performance.

On the Medical Xpress website, Carol Clark relates the following story: "After a gunman shot him in the chest in 1912, Theodore Roosevelt went...
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Duped by Our Own Brains

Why do the elderly support politicians who want to do away with Medicare and Social Security? Scientists say this is because a specific area of the brain has deteriorated or is damaged.

By examining patients with various forms of brain damage, researchers have pinpointed the precise location in the human brain, called the...
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Where You Vote May Determine HOW You Vote

WHERE you vote may determine WHO you vote for. Passersby who stopped to answer surveys taken next to churches in the Netherlands and England reported themselves to be more politically conservative and more negative toward non-Christians than did people who were...
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Want to Live a Long Time? Get Elected President

As long as you aren't among the 4 who got assassinated, that is (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). When we see and hear the...
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Why Political Talk So Often Fails

There's a reason why politicians sometimes find it hard to talk. Rick Perry’s failure to remember the name of one of the federal agencies he would abolish if elected president, namely the Department of Energy, was most likely an example of a very common phenomenon called "Tip of the Tongue" phenomenon or TOT."

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The Politics of Disgust

Disgusted with politics? But just HOW disgusted you can be when confronted with a picture of a man eating a mouthful of writhing worms may lend important insight into your personal political...
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We Need a Caveman Candidate

When it comes to voter preference, the issues count. But some may pull the handle for a more primal reason: Physical fitness and stature against an opponent.
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Political Candidates Beware: It May be Dangerous to Tell a Joke

We advised you to vote for the depressed candidate or the laughing candidate, but on the campaign trail, humor may be in the eyes of the viewers. When presidential candidates poke fun at...
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Look for the Laughing Candidate

As the 2011 Presidential election heats up, we need to know how to choose a candidate. Should it be someone who's depressed? Or should it be someone who laughs?
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Democracies are Actually Controlled by Big Business

At least Jim Marrs and Joseph Farrell certainly think so (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this provocative show)! If this is the case, then perhaps we shouldn't get too excited about democratic movements like...
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Why Reform Candidates Don't Always Win

Obama says he will run again in November. Will the tea party candidates trump him? They complain a lot about the government, but their candidates don't always win, and we know why: Contented people are more likely to vote than...
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WHY You Picked the Candidate You Voted For

Does your personality influence who you voted for? The short answer is yes, no matter whether you vote Democratic or Republican. And how did the astronauts on board the ISS cast their votes? By email from space!

According to psychologist John Mayer, as Americans go to the polls in record numbers to vote for the next US president, some...
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Do Polls Tell the Truth?

A longtime pollster says that media polls are not used touncover the "will" or thoughts of the public, but rather tomanufacture a "public opinion" that grabs the attention ofjournalists and can be used to fill media news holes.

In the 13 years David Moore worked for the Gallup Poll, helearned he learned some things about how polls really...

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Voting: How Do You Decide?

OK, we know a lot of the things we do are directed by our genes?but VOTING? And why are polls so often wrong?

According to a new study, the decision to vote is partly genetic. Researchers James H. Fowler, Christopher T. Dawes and Laura A. Baker have identified a link between two specific genes and political participation. They show that...

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Not True...

Conventional wisdom says that people become politically more conservative as they age, but sociologists say this isn't true.

Researchers Nicholas L. Danigelis and Stephen J. Cutler base this new conclusion on data from 25 surveys done between 1972 and 2004 that measured the changes in attitudes that occur within specific groups at...

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When Campaigns Turn Negative

Does negative political advertising really work? Most of us hate those ads, but one political scientist calls them a "multi-vitamin for the democratic process."

Political scientist Kenneth Goldstein says that attack ads spark voters' interest and participation. According to Goldstein, "There's this gut reaction that if a political...

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Politically Negative

Once the presidential candidates are finally chosen, we're all bracing ourselves for the negative TV advertising that we hate so much. Why do political parties place these ads? The reason is simple: they work.

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In the Upcoming Election: Will YOUR Vote Count?

As the 2008 Presidential election campaign moves into full throttle, people are again concerned about voting machines. How much can we trust our government? It turns out this isn't the first time this has happened. Historian Bryan Pfaffenberger reminds us that "There's an almost exact parallel between the debate we're having today concerning...

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How to Win an Election

We're already starting to hear about possible candidates for the 2008 presidential election, even though voting is more than a year away. In the last elections, people worried that their votes weren't counted. Will this cause people not to bother to vote?maybe not even to register?

Campaigns historically have focused on turning out...

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Muslims Vote Republican Despite Bush Wars

In these months before the Presidential election, when would-be Democratic candidates are campaigning furiously, it's interesting to note that few of them seem to be appealing to the U.S. Muslim vote. This is because, despite Republican-led invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, most U.S. Muslims vote Republican. According to the Council on...

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Will Presidential Votes be Questioned?Again?

Just in time for the upcoming Presidential election, computer scientists are saying that the new electronic voting machines can be hacked. Several states have already purchased these machines.

Celeste Biever writes in New Scientist that the Diebold Electronic voting machines are designed so that the votes are recorded on memory cards...

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