How You Voted Today Probably Depended On Your Stress Levels

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A lot of things can influence your opinion — and this doesn't change on election day.

But what affects your political views more? Life experience or genetics?

A study published in 2008 in the journal Science says it has more to do with your biology. 

If you're a risk-taker, you're more likely to side with " foreign aid, liberal immigration policies, pacifism, and gun control," whereas if you s hy from the unbeaten path, you'd likely support "d efense spending, capital punishment, patriotism, and the Iraq War," the study says.

The study showed 46 people from Nebraska — chosen for their strong political beliefs — "threatening images," including "a large spider on the face of a frightened person, a dazed individual with a bloody face, and an open wound with maggots in it." The participants were also shown pictures of non-threatening images, such as " a bunny, a bowl of fruit and a happy child."

The study concluded that those who showed more stress and anxiety and intensely blinked during the threatening images — "linked with a heightened state of fear" — were more likely to vote more conservatively and the ones who were less startled would prefer to side more toward the left.



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