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Study finds boredom can lead to political extremism. New research published in the European Journal of Social Psychology has found a link between boredom and political extremism.

Study finds boredom can lead to political extremism

Does gun control work? - Redorbit. Science June 27, 2016 by Chuck Bednar As Americans continue to debate the effectiveness of gun control laws in the aftermath of the recent mass shootings at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association could provide the answer once and for all.

Does gun control work? - Redorbit

The psychology of political beliefs (or, why hard data isn’t always convincing) Donald Trump makes a point as Marco Rubio and Ben Carson listen during the Republican presidential debate at the Milwaukee Theatre, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in Milwaukee.

The psychology of political beliefs (or, why hard data isn’t always convincing)

(AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps) When Donald Trump declared last weekend that he saw television footage of thousands of Muslims cheering from New Jersey on the day of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, fact-checkers moved quickly. The Post's Glenn Kessler found no evidence of Trump's claim, awarding it four Pinocchios.

Others came to the conclusion. Misperceiving Bullshit as Profound Is Associated with Favorable Views of Cruz, Rubio, Trump and Conservatism. Abstract The present research investigates the associations between holding favorable views of potential Democratic or Republican candidates for the US presidency 2016 and seeing profoundness in bullshit statements.

Misperceiving Bullshit as Profound Is Associated with Favorable Views of Cruz, Rubio, Trump and Conservatism

Political conservatives more likely to stigmatize mentally ill people, study finds. Political conservatives tend to hold more negative stereotypes of people with mental illnesses, in comparison to moderates and liberals, which may lead them to engage in more discrimination against the mentally ill, according to a study published in the International Journal of Social Psychiatry.

Political conservatives more likely to stigmatize mentally ill people, study finds

Serious mental illnesses, such as major depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, panic disorder, and schizophrenia, remain highly stigmatized. Common negative stereotypes about the mentally ill include beliefs that they are dangerous and untreatable. Red Brain, Blue Brain: Evaluative Processes Differ in Democrats and Republicans. Abstract Liberals and conservatives exhibit different cognitive styles and converging lines of evidence suggest that biology influences differences in their political attitudes and beliefs.

Red Brain, Blue Brain: Evaluative Processes Differ in Democrats and Republicans

In particular, a recent study of young adults suggests that liberals and conservatives have significantly different brain structure, with liberals showing increased gray matter volume in the anterior cingulate cortex, and conservatives showing increased gray matter volume in the in the amygdala. Here, we explore differences in brain function in liberals and conservatives by matching publicly-available voter records to 82 subjects who performed a risk-taking task during functional imaging. Who receives government benefits, in six charts. "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what," Mitt Romney famously said.

Who receives government benefits, in six charts

"All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. " Not a fan of government benefits. (Evan Vucci/AP) We've done a few posts recently looking at who does and doesn't pay taxes to the federal government. ‘Why take my vibrator?': Michigan cops legally rob ‘every belonging’ from medical marijuana patient. Medical marijuana user Ginnifer Hency told a group of Michigan lawmakers last week that a drug task force raided her home and kept ‘every belonging’ she owned — including her vibrator — even after a judge dismissed the charges against her.

‘Why take my vibrator?': Michigan cops legally rob ‘every belonging’ from medical marijuana patient

New study reaffirms the link between conservative religious faith and climate change doubt. Last week, I blogged about a striking figure created by evolutionary biologist Josh Rosenau of the National Center for Science Education, plotting U.S. based faiths and denominations based on 1) their members’ views about the reality of human evolution and 2) those members’ support for tough environmental laws.

New study reaffirms the link between conservative religious faith and climate change doubt

The figure (below) has created much discussion, both because of what it seems to suggest about the unending debate over the relationship between science and religion, but also because of how it appears to confirm that more conservative leaning denominations harbor a form of science resistance that extends well beyond evolution rejection and into the climate change arena. [The surprising links between faith and evolution and climate denial — charted] Because let’s face it — we already knew that conservative religiosity in the United States was closely tied to denying evolution. Credit: Josh Rosenau/National Center for Science Education Also in Energy & Environment:

Bloomberg Business - Business, Financial & Economic News, Stock Quotes. This Is How Fast America Changes Its Mind By Alex Tribou and Keith CollinsUpdated: June 26, 2015 Eleven years after Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry, the Supreme Court has now extended that right nationwide.

Bloomberg Business - Business, Financial & Economic News, Stock Quotes

The decision came after a wave of gay marriage legalization: 28 states from 2013 to 2015, with 36 overall prior to the Court's ruling. Most partisans treat politics like sports rivalries, instead of focusing on issues. Most partisans—average Democratic and Republican voters—act like fans in sports rivalries instead of making political choices based on issues, according to a new study with a University of Kansas researcher as the lead author. "What is the consequence of today's polarized politics? What's motivating partisans to vote in this climate? " said Patrick Miller, a University of Kansas assistant professor of political science. NYPD Spends Thousands of Tax Dollars on Psychedelic Drugs and McGruff the Crime Dog Costumes. The New York City Police Department has been engaging in some Technicolor tactics to measure the the power of the psychedelic substances being sold on the city’s black market.

A new report suggests that that the Big Apple’s bad boys in blue have spent thousands of dollars of taxpayer money on hallucinogenic substances, like magic mushrooms and ecstasy, in order to conduct a chemical analysis of the drugs to measure their strength against the dope being slung on the street corners of the five boroughs. According to DNAInfo, the NYPD tracked down a couple of chemical companies (Sigma-Aldrich Inc. & Sigma) and purchased over $13,000 worth of psilocybin and MDMA. Canada is the Freest Nation in the World, Legatum Study Says.

America may call itself the "Land of the Free," but it's hardly the freest nation in the world, according to a new report from the Legatum Institute, a London-based think tank. [READ: Latin American Countries Most Emotional] Study: Are Liberals Smarter Than Conservatives? » American Scientist. A New Study Finds Evidence of Blatant Dehumanization Toward Certain Racial Groups. With each new story that surfaces about violence against black men, women, and children, the idea of post-racial America is buried a bit deeper. In one recent gut-wrenching video, police officers in San Francisco surround a homeless man with a prosthetic leg. Facial Analysis: Liberals Are Happier Than Conservatives. Unconscious Reactions Separate Liberals and Conservatives. How Liberals And Conservatives Think Differently. Surprising study: Liberals might outlive conservatives. Liberals live longer than conservatives in the United States, a new study suggests. The results come as a surprise because previous research has consistently found that conservatives in other countries and Republicans in the United States report being happier and healthier – traits usually linked to longer lives.

Glogin?mobile=1&URI= Who Falls for Conspiracy Theories? Conservatives don’t hate climate science. They hate the left’s climate solutions. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., a leading Republican climate change skeptic. In Gallup Poll, The Biggest Threat To World Peace Is ... America? Is the most dangerous country in the world the United States of America? Fox News Angry Harvard Students Know Stuff. US wealth inequality - top 0.1% worth as much as the bottom 90% Wealth inequality in the US is at near record levels according to a new study by academics. Cable companies 'stunned' by Obama's 'extreme' net neutrality proposals. America’s major telecoms and cable companies and business groups came out fighting on Monday after Barack Obama called for tough new regulations for broadband that would protect net neutrality, saying they were “stunned” by the president’s proposals. Obama calls on FCC to make 'strongest possible rules' to protect net neutrality.

Barack Obama called for “the strongest possible rules to protect” the open internet on Monday and came out against proposals championed by cable and telecoms companies to create fast lanes for the web. The president’s statement comes as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prepares to publish new rules to regulate the internet after a series of legal defeats at the hands of telecoms and cable companies. One Year After 'Blackfish', Here's What's Happened to SeaWorld. Denying Problems When We Don’t Like the Solutions. Racial Resentment Drives Tea Party Membership. Do Democrats and Republicans actually experience the weather differently? Feeling — Not Being — Wealthy Drives Opposition to Wealth Redistribution - Association for Psychological Science. Business culture in banking industry favors dishonest behavior, study shows. Wall Street bankers cheat more when they think about their jobs—even when they’re not working.