According to research political debates can trigger the same parts of the brain as war. They claim that being affiliated to a political party is more like membership of a gang or clique.They also say that race is only noticed by our brains if it will help us predict which side of a political debate someone is on.
While I consider myself to belong to a group of people I would loosely call right wing I see it as a club rather than a gang and one that has very diverse beliefs and only a very general consensus within the ranks to use military terminology.On individual issues we are not all the same. One prime example that we have seen on this blog would be the Gay marriage debate.
My closest friend is a Green supporter and she and I can quite happily agree to disagree.When I read things in the Media or on other blogs that I believe to be ignorant or deliberately misleading I admit I do get a little upset but that I believe is not because of the alternative view but because I feel that it is not based on facts.
What do you think about the study? Does discussing politics or watching political debates make you angry?Do different opinions to yours here on WO make you angry? On other blogs? Do the researchers have a point?