Individuals with extremist attitudes are more likely to struggle with cognitive tests that require intricate mental steps

The characteristics of peoples’ brains might offer clues about the political beliefs they hold dear. In a study of around 350 US citizens, we examined the relationship between individuals’ cognitive traits – the unconscious ways in which their brains learn and process information from the environment – and their ideological worldviews. We found parallels between how those with extreme views perform in brain games and the kind of political, religious and dogmatic attitudes they adhere to. Brain gamesEach participant in our study completed a large variety of personality tests and were then given…

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