Does brain structure determine your political views? | BBC News

MRI scan of healthy brain

Politics is one of the most complex areas of human thought. So when I heard the claim that scanning people’s brains could predict political choices, I was naturally sceptical.


Brain science is achieving extraordinary insights, but mapping what you can measure in a brain scanner on to human social interactions is a huge leap, like trying to find exact correlations between two bowls of soup – only one soup is made from vegetables, macaroni and stock, and the other soup is made up of abstract ideas like economics, equality and history.


But in the US and in Britain, psychologists and neuroscientists are doing serious research into linking political attitudes to what goes on inside our skulls.


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