Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

First impressions count

Fascinating article on how humans judge competence based on facial features, and how that affects politics. For example, in one study judgments of who appeared more competent  predicted about 70% of elections.  The article is an excerpt from the author’s new book, Face Value: The Irresistible Influence of First Impressions (2017).

First impressions count

Alexander Todorov  | 30 May, 2017 | Aeon

June 11, 2017 Posted by | brain, decision making, politics | , , , , | Leave a comment

When the right gets left

Heartbreak is worse for conservatives, research shows.  From the Boston Globe, Feb 3, 2013:

When the right gets left

By Kevin Lewis

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February 10, 2013 Posted by | behaviour, politics | , | Leave a comment

Easily Startled? It Could Reflect Your Politics

“This research shows that all of our decisions are really rooted in biology. It’s not just the rational thought of the brain that we use to reach decisions, but also our emotional ones.”

And that includes our political views.  Which would mean we cannot change someone’s political stance by reason.


From ABC News:

Easily Startled? It Could Reflect Your Politics

Those Who Startle Easily More Likely to Favor Iraq War, New Study Says

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September 19, 2008 Posted by | behaviour, brain, decision making, politics | , , , , , | Leave a comment