How your uncle’s conspiracy theories trigger your brain’s anxiety areas

Election novelty items on display at Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York City.Image: Anthony Behar/Sipa USABy Maria Gallucci2016-12-27 16:02:01 UTC Perhaps you’ve been here this holiday season: A family member shares a political belief that is entirely the opposite of your own, and suddenly your blood is boiling. You either bite your tongue, and quietly fill with rage, or fire back with an impassioned rebuttal.  Neuroscientists say they now can track how this common experience unfolds in the brain. When our political beliefs are challenged, our brains light up in areas that govern personal identity and emotional responses to threats, according to a study published Dec. 23 in the Nature journal Scientific Reports. “Political beliefs are like religious beliefs, in the respect that both are part of who you are…


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