Is This Your Brain on Politics?
Yesterday’s New York Times had an op-ed describing brain imaging results that purportedly “reveal some voter impressions on which [the 2008 Presidential] election may well turn.” In fact, however, there’s quite a bit of skepticism about the interpretation and meaningfulness of these results. Of course, lots of people watch hours and hours of speculative television news commentary that is no more scientific. Yet the talking heads, except perhaps when they present survey data, do not purport to offer scientific analyses the way the “scanning heads” do.
Martha Farah, director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania, offers her insightful analysis of the op-ed at the Neuroethics & Law Blog.