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The political brain : the role of emotion in deciding the fate of the nation

Author: Drew Westen
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, ©2007.
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This investigation by a renowned psychologist and neuroscientist proves that we vote with our hearts, not our minds. Westen is the lead investigator on a team of neuroscientists who have been studying how the brain processes political information. For two decades he has been advancing a theory of the mind that differs substantially from the more "dispassionate" visions held by most cognitive psychologists, political  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Platforms
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Westen, Drew, 1959-
Political brain.
New York : PublicAffairs, c2007
(OCoLC)608535674
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Drew Westen
ISBN: 9781586484255 1586484257
OCLC Number: 86117725
Description: xv, 457 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Winning states of mind --
Rational minds, irrational campaigns --
The evolution of the passionate brain --
The emotions behind the curtain --
Special interests in mind --
Trickle-up politics --
Writing an emotional constitution --
Aborting ambivalence --
Gunning for common ground --
Racial consciousness and unconsciousness --
Death and taxes --
Hope, inspiration, and political intelligence --
Positively negative --
Terror networks --
Civil and uncivil unions.
Responsibility: Drew Westen.
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This investigation by a renowned psychologist and neuroscientist proves that we vote with our hearts, not our minds. Westen is the lead investigator on a team of neuroscientists who have been studying how the brain processes political information. For two decades he has been advancing a theory of the mind that differs substantially from the more "dispassionate" visions held by most cognitive psychologists, political scientists, and economists. He looks at data across several Presidential elections from the 1950s through 2000, examines the evidence for the role of emotion in driving voting behavior, and provides a "clinical" view of a number of campaign ads, debate lines and personal profiles of the candidates who have sought to win our hearts. And he shows that Americans don't vote with their heads but with their hearts, or guts, or neuroses.--From publisher description.

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