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Interhemispheric Communication Does Not Predict Religious/Political Beliefs or Cognitive Complexity

The Architecture of the Mind - Board: AM-042
Saturday, May 23, 2009, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Yerba Buena 7

Kathryn Kay Irish
University of Michigan

Michael A. Cohn
University of California, San Francisco

We investigated relationships among interhemispheric communication, cognitive complexity, and political/religious belief systems. Religious fundamentalism, authoritarianism, and conservative politics correlated strongly, but contrary to previous findings, none of these correlated with cognitive complexity or interhemispheric communication. We discuss relationships with past findings and potential insights from our measure of cognitive complexity.

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