The Simple Visual Test That Might Predict Political Views

The difference between conservative and liberal ideology could be as simple as noting the difference between a triangle and a vaguely triangle-like blob. A new study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology finds that conservatives are more rigid about classifying shapes than liberals. 

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Queensland and the University of Pennsylvania, explores the hypothesis that conservatives are more sensitive to deviance than liberals. In three different experiments, researchers asked people to differentiate between perfect and imperfect shapes. The study subjects also filled out questionnaires regarding their political beliefs and their sense of moral outrage over groups of people who deviate from social norms or rules. 

They found that the more conservative views a person endorsed, the more likely they were to differentiate between perfect shapes and their ambiguously imperfect counterparts—like a triangle that’s just a little rounded or a slightly wobbly circle. In other words, conservatives were more sensitive to deviance from the visual standard, just as they might be more sensitive to deviance from social norms. 

This is not the first study to tie political ideology to people’s reactions to seemingly unrelated visuals. A 2014 study found that conservatives react more strongly to disgusting images than liberals. And there’s a whole body of research that attempts to tie political beliefs with differences in the brain. MRI scans of liberals and conservatives have shown that the latter tend to have larger amygdalas, a region of the brain that plays a role in fear and threat recognition. One 2014 study found that conservatives have a greater bias toward negativity. A 2015 study found that conservatives have more self-control than liberals. 

[h/t: Salon]

A New Ruth Bader Ginsburg Bobblehead Is Available for Pre-Order

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A New Ruth Bader Ginsburg Bobblehead Is Available for Pre-Order

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The late Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a devout champion for feminism and civil rights, and her influence stretched from the halls of the Supreme Court to the forefront of popular culture, where she affectionately became known as the Notorious RBG. Though there are plenty of public tributes planned for Ginsburg in the wake of her passing, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum has a new RBG bobblehead ($25) available for pre-order so you can honor her in your own home.

There are two versions of the bobblehead available, one of Ginsburg smiling and another with a more serious expression. Not only do the bobbleheads feature her in her Supreme Court black robe, but eagle-eyed fans will see she is wearing one for her iconic coded collars and her classic earrings.

RBG is far from the only American icon bobblehead that the Hall of Fame store has produced in such minute detail. They also have bobbleheads of Abraham Lincoln ($30), Theodore Roosevelt ($30), Alexander Hamilton ($30), and dozens of others.

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