Political beliefs hard-wired into brain, say neuroscientists

View photosUniversity of Southern California neuroscientists are studying how political beliefs affect the way people process new information. (Yahoo News photo Illustration; photos: AP, Eric Gay/AP, Andrew Bret Wallis/Getty Images, AP 2)MoreNeuroscientists at the University of Southern California led a study that found people are less likely to change their minds on political issues than on apolitical ones when presented with contradictory data.The reason? Like religious beliefs, political opinions are intimately linked to how someone sees his or her own character and sense of community in a way that apolitical opinions simply are not, according to the researchers.Their new study, published Friday in the journal Scientific Reports, found that people are more apt to reject evidence that challenges their opinions on subjects like immigration and gay marriage than evidence that…

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