An Obama brain study is making news headlines this week, as the Inquistr reported this Wednesday, Feb. 20, that a new study focuses not necessarily on President Barack Obama’s own brain, but rather on neural maps that may show a connection between politics and the human brain — including Republican vs. Democrat risk-taking beliefs and tendencies.
The Obama brain study story discussed a new scientific initiative to create a detailed map of the activity that goes on within the human brain. Said the original report on the new project President Obama is endorsing:
“If successful, the Brain Activity Map Project will bring the same level of benefits to health and science research as the human genome project did for genetic research. In his State of the Union address, President Obama highlighted the economic effects of the gene mapping project. ‘Every dollar we invested to map the human genome returned $140 to our economy — every dollar.’ … Commentators are suggesting the Human Brain Map Project could return similar fiscal benefits.”
Yet another Obama brain study update was revealed this week, highlighting one not supported by President Barack Obama, but instead a look at how our neural impulses may shape our political affiliations and interest in the voting polls.
The study, says Live Science, involved 47 women and 25 men, both Republican and Democratic in political views. Researchers looked at such factors as risk-taking behavior, and found that there is some analogous brain activity that may be linked to politics in the study.
“Brain-processed risk worked differently between the groups, with Republicans showing more activity in an area linked with reward, fear and risky decisions and Democrats showing more activity in a spot related to processing emotion and internal body cues.”