New Research Shows That Conservatives Are Independent, Liberals Sheeple

by William Teach | December 10, 2010 7:36 am

A bit of fluff for a Friday morning

It goes without saying that conservatives and liberals don’t see the world in the same way[1]. Now, research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln suggests that is exactly, and quite literally, the case.

In a new study, UNL researchers measured both liberals’ and conservatives’ reaction to “gaze cues” — a person’s tendency to shift attention in a direction consistent with another person’s eye movements, even if it’s irrelevant to their current task — and found big differences between the two groups.

Liberals responded strongly to the prompts, consistently moving their attention in the direction suggested to them by a face on a computer screen. Conservatives, on the other hand, did not.

Why? Researchers 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.

Liberals may have followed the “gaze cues,” meanwhile, because they tend to be more responsive to others, the study suggests.

Got that? Conservatives do things their own way, they aren’t going to follow the crowd, they stay on task. Liberals are flighty, easily suggestible, and have poor attention spans. Just remember this when you’re talking to someone. Have some fun with your liberal friends. Keep looking away, get them all confused.

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  1. It goes without saying that conservatives and liberals don’t see the world in the same way:
  2. Pirate’s Cove:
  3. @WilliamTeach:
  4. sit back and Relax. we’ll dRive:

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