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West Coast University, Miami
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9 January 2018
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Recent studies have shown that genetics have been linked to the influence of conservatism and liberalism in the United States. Evidence has shown that conservatives present more brain matter volume within the anterior cingulate cortex, and liberals present more brain matter volume within the right amygdala. Despite other social and scientific factors that may influence conservatism and liberalism, such as morals, culture, demographics, personality traits, etc., the study conducted determines a correlation between brain structures and conservatism and liberalism. The study conducted consisted of brain studies using MRI evaluations of conservative, liberal and moderate families. These families include a mother, father, and child between the ages of 17 and 19. Results suggest that conservatism and liberalism is influenced by the brain structures of individuals. These results also indicate that conservative and liberal parents have strong influences on the brain structures of their teenage children.


conservative, liberal, genetics, brain structure, anterior cingulate cortex, right amygdala, MRI

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Jones, C.; Cueto, M. Factors That Influence Conservatism vs. Liberalism. In Proceedings of the MOL2NET, International Conference on Multidisciplinary Sciences, 15 January–15 December 2017; Sciforum Electronic Conference Series, Vol. 3, 2018 ; doi:10.3390/mol2net-03-05116


Author biographies

Cassidy Jones
Nursing student at West Coast University, Miami
Melissa Cueto
Since obtaining her Master of Arts in English, Melissa Cueto has worked as an educator and writer/editor, both in the U.S. and abroad. Her experience in education includes teaching children, adolescents, and adults in reading, composition, literature, and English language acquisition as well as developing curriculum and presenting professional development seminars for fellow education professionals. She has also worked as a newspaper journalist and has written freelance articles for a number of online publications. Melissa Cueto is currently an instructor at West Coast University, Miami, FL, where she teaches English and Capstone courses.

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