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Modern Politics Activates the Brain's Ancient Wiring

Clip: Season 45 | 3m 9s | Video has closed captioning.

Research on the biology of political beliefs provides insight into the effectiveness of how to win any argument. Current theories suggest that people’s political beliefs are driven by their identification with a group—similar to sports team loyalties, but more rooted in values, which makes them harder to change. Processing political thoughts may be a simple question of "Us versus Them."

Aired: 11/05/18

Rating: NR

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