Replication studies fail to find evidence that conservatives have stronger physiological responses to threats

New research published in Nature Human Behaviourcasts doubt on a widely cited study, which found that conservative people tend to have stronger physiological reactions to threatening stimuli. The three replications of the original study failed to find evidence for this, suggesting that conservatives and liberals do not respond differently to threat.“In 2008, a group of researchers published an articlein Science(here it is without a paywall) that found political conservatives have stronger physiological reactions to threatening images than liberals do,” explained study author Bert N. Bakker(@bn...


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