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Yet another weird SF fan

Friday, December 10, 2010

This Just in: Research Finds We're Awesomely Awesome!

Okay, so the headline is not original.

According to a recent study of, of all things, eye movements (seen via Brothers Judd):

In a new study, UNL researchers measured both liberals' and conservatives' reaction to "gaze cues" – a person's tendency to shift attention in a direction consistent with another person's eye movements, even if it's irrelevant to their current task – and found big differences between the two groups.

Liberals responded strongly to the prompts, consistently moving their attention in the direction suggested to them by a face on a computer screen. Conservatives, on the other hand, did not.

In other words, we natural dissidents on the right side of the political spectrum are independent thinkers who refuse to follow the herd. We go beyond “trust and parrot” and …


I think I slipped a disk while patting myself on the back.

There's also the minor problem that this was based on a sample of only 72 subjects. Maybe we should wait until a real study has been done before jumping to conclusions.

Addendum: The paper can be found here.


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