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Extremist minds: these psychological traits might help identify people vulnerable to becoming radicalised

By Leor Zmigrod, Research Fellow in the Psychology of Ideologies, University of Cambridge
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The characteristics of peoples’ brains might offer clues about the political beliefs they hold dear. In a study of around 350 US citizens, we examined the relationship between individuals’ cognitive traits – the unconscious ways in which their brains learn and process information from the environment – and their ideological worldviews.

We found parallels between how those with extreme views perform in brain games and the kind of political, religious and dogmatic attitudes they adhere to.

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