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A paper by two economists tracks politicallyDec 07 2006

A paper by two economists tracks politically loaded phrases used by Democrats and Republicans. For instance, the Republicans use "illegal aliens" while the Democrats speak of "veterans health". Full list of loaded phrases is here and the original paper is here.

Political party members' brains get a rushJan 26 2006

Political party members' brains get a rush from "ignoring information that's contrary to their point of view". "None of the circuits involved in conscious reasoning were particularly engaged. Essentially, it appears as if partisans twirl the cognitive kaleidoscope until they get the conclusions they want, and then they get massively reinforced for it, with the elimination of negative emotional states and activation of positive ones."

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