This year’s presidential election gives us many opportunities to watch the brain at work. I’ve commented on the past on how the Herd Mentality keeps us safe and influences our life choices – with sometimes negative results. During the primaries I shared information on How We Really Choose a Candidate and more recently I’ve been warning that the amygdala, a very ancient structure in the human brain, can hijack your cerebral cortex and make an important decision based on unconscious bias. In response to these posts, I was interviewed for an article on the brain and presidential debates.
You can read this thoughtful and informative piece by Nick Fouriezos in OZY magazine. Here’s a link to the full article. If you are a U.S. citizen, please vote. And please consider carefully. Avoid Lizard Brain!