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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Been saying this for years

A recently completed study of the psychological processes involving political decision making point to an absence of logic, fact, or reality. (Emory University Professor and NPR commentator Drew Westin). The press release seems to be here but I'm trying to get my hands on a pre-publication copy of the scholarly work itself. Thank you, Emory University.

From the press release:

The study points to a total lack of reason in political decision-making.

"None of the circuits involved in conscious reasoning were particularly engaged," Westen said. "Essentially, it appears as if partisans twirl the cognitive kaleidoscope until they get the conclusions they want, and then they get massively reinforced for it, with the elimination of negative emotional states and activation of positive ones."


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