Study Links Genetics Of Fear And Conservative Politics

Biology, psychology and political science are rarely spoken of together. But according to a new study co-authored by Rose McDermott, professor of political science, the genetics of fear can exert a powerful influence on people’s political opinions, particularly those regarding out-groups.

Published online last month in the American Journal of Political Science, her paper explores the correlation between hereditary and environmental causes of fear and increased conservatism in voters.

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