It’s that time of year for a study-dump. Read until the end.
Better-looking (on AVERAGE):
“Good-looking individuals are more likely to have right-wing political views than less physically attractive people, according to a university study.
The authors of the report, Rolfe D. Peterson from the US Susquehanna University and Carl L. Palmer from the Illinois State University, examined the connection between physical attractiveness and political beliefs, applying multiple surveys measuring people’s attractiveness.
“More attractive individuals are more politically efficacious than their peers and more likely to identify as conservative and Republican than less physically attractive citizens of comparable demographic backgrounds,” the report read.”
Comparable demographic background, an important control.
PDF at: https://about.illinoisstate.edu/clpalme/Documents/Peterson%20Palmer%20The%20Effects%20of%20Physical%20Attractiveness%20on%20Political%20Attitudes.pdf
“Controlling for socioeconomic status, we find that more attractive individuals are more likely to report higher levels of political efficacy, identify as conservative, and identify as Republican.”
SES control is important.
“Politicians on the right look more beautiful in Europe, the U.S. and Australia.”
How to tell May isn’t really right-wing.
They should also study disease load (emphasizing STDs, which do affect appearance) compared to partisanship.
Support meritocracy, oppose the cult of equalism:
“Higher self-perceived attractiveness (SPA) increased support for inequality.”
“The political sympathies of scholars can be accurately assessed from photographs.”
“In contrast to politicians, Right-leaning scholars were not more attractive.”
The scholars haven’t hired image consultants.
What, do you think a man buys an expensive suit just for the suit?
“Right-leaning scholars were better groomed.
Controlling for grooming, Left-leaning scholars were more attractive”
This is supposed to be looking at genetic attractiveness, true attractiveness, not clothing/haircare/make-up?
Okay, I’ll let them have that one. They’re better at faking it, a trait of narcissism.
Less likely to cheat when expected to cooperate:
“Political Orientations Are Correlated with Brain Structure in Young Adults”
“We found that greater liberalism was associated with increased gray matter volume in the anterior cingulate cortex, whereas greater conservatism was associated with increased volume of the right amygdala.”
So they’re more gender neutral in the brain?
Because the same IQ can still be produced by structural differences between the sexes.
“Researchers found major differences in the amount of gray and white matter in the brains of men and women of the same intelligence, suggesting that men and women may derive their intelligence in different ways.”
“”These findings suggest that human evolution has created two different types of brains designed for equally intelligent behavior,” says researcher Richard Haier, professor of psychology at the University of California, Irvine, in a news release. “In addition, by pinpointing these gender-based intelligence areas, the study has the potential to aid research on dementia and other cognitive impairment diseases in the brain”
Again, the same IQ score.
Man Card isn’t a MENSA card, accomplish something.
Sexual dimorphism didn’t stop at the neck.
But white matter is generally more important for HIGH IQ:
White matter could only be imaged recently.
“They found a strong correlation between the integrity of the white matter and performance on a standard IQ test.”
Although grey matter can matter too, white matter cannot be denied EITHER:
“Positive relationships were found between FSIQ and intracranial gray and white matter but not cerebrospinal fluid volumes. Significant associations with cortical thickness were evident bilaterally in prefrontal (Brodmann’s areas [BAs] 10/11, 47)
IQ so real you can scan someone’s brain, almost.
and posterior temporal cortices (BA 36/37) and proximal regions.
Sex influenced regional relationships;
Before any sexist bitch goes to twist this, different does not mean inferior. This is a study of intelligence, NOT stupidity.
You can’t prove a negative and individuals are not groups?
The obvious pointed out? Okay, let’s continue.
women showed correlations in prefrontal and temporal association cortices, whereas men exhibited correlations primarily in temporal–occipital association cortices.
An idiot reading that would assume women are smarter, prefrontal doesn’t always mean smarter, necessarily, it’s just a group-level skew of structural difference. However, it does explain the higher female average.
In healthy adults,
important distinction, many brain studies are conducted on the undeveloped (teens) or pathologies
neither of which generalize to a HEALTHY, ADULT population
[sorry for the smart people tuning in, idiots twist what I type]
greater intelligence is associated with larger intracranial gray matter and to a lesser extent with white matter.
Plot twist: both matter.
Almost like we evolved.
Variations in prefrontal and posterior temporal cortical thickness are particularly linked with intellectual ability.
PF – registered as female strength, generally.
PT – registered as male and female strengths, generally.
This isn’t better/worse, it’s apples/oranges.
Even race overwhelms sex as a confound in IQ (so does class, education etc).
Sex moderates regional relationships that may index dimorphisms in cognitive abilities, overall processing strategies, or differences in structural organization.”
Trans. sex differences real yo.
Overall, key word.
Moderates, may index, differences. As in, these processes still occur but like a road trip, each take different paths different enough to map but not distinct enough to be unrecognizable.
Estrogen, which men also NATURALLY produce, also boosts brainpower.
Study here but my commentary explains it:
Whereas, everyone knows, testosterone (which women also produce) correlates to violence.
Nothing is all-good, all-bad in hormones.
“A moment of silence for all the women in history who married dumber men.”
They should study political economic wing and compare it to natural/un-supplemented hormone levels.
As in, a man who ‘needs’ steroids for vanity is less of a man.
They should also look at whether men going onto steroids drop in IQ score because it competes with their organic estrogen that makes them handle stressors better.
[Update: after checking, they did. Here it is.]
“long-term high-dose AAS exposure may cause cognitive deficits, notably in visuospatial memory.”
“These results remained stable in sensitivity analyses addressing potential confounding factors.”
The dumb jock stereotype is true!
It gets better!
Actually, it causes brain damage!
This is amazing!
Fake masculinity is really bad for men. You can’t cheat code becoming a man.
Long-term AAS use is associated with right amygdala enlargement and reduced right amygdala rsFC with brain areas involved in cognitive control and spatial memory, which could contribute to the psychiatric effects and cognitive dysfunction associated with AAS use.
The MRS abnormalities we detected could reflect enhanced glutamate turnover and increased vulnerability to neurotoxic or neurodegenerative processes, which could contribute to AAS-associated cognitive dysfunction.
Now the right amygdala enlargement sounds like the natural conservative difference but understand it’s rooted, not in experience and genuine masculine virtue, but chemical dependence. Without the drugs, it’ll shrink right back and possibly atrophy.
This would be like congratulating a tall guy who took HGH for his superior genetics. No. It’s a superficial, fake result.
The cognitive control is impaired, that’s regression. The meat head stereotype is true, biologically. Useless.
I wonder how many male suicides were on steroids? Both groups happen to be middle-aged men in fear of the Wall.
Whatever the details, it makes them biologically vulnerable compared to their natural state, the opposite of fitness.
Ironically, they’re more vulnerable to microplastics and xenoestrogens.
To further screw the point in… that brain region explicitly mentioned?
Right amygdala rsFC study:
“In high HA scorers, we also observed stronger right amygdala rsFC with the dorsomedial prefrontal cortex (dmPFC), which is implicated in negative affect regulation.”
It’s a girly brain thing to do with harm avoidance. [aka common sense]
“may represent a vulnerability marker for sensitivity to stress and anxiety (disorders).”
So the meat head with reduced volume (therefore not conservative*) is dumber, senses dulled by drugs and more likely to fail to get the brain signals to avoid trouble. Sounds like a future in handcuffs. They can’t perceive danger nor regulate negative emotions like anger or shame after rejection. Basically, they’re future chimp-outs waiting to happen, whatever their race**. Less able to CONTROL emotions, the broflakes.***
Hair-trigger temper calling out people for looking at him.
The guy who picks on people but never actually expects to get hit.
Will grab a woman and be shocked she slaps him. That’s the one.
*because, again “greater conservatism was associated with increased volume of the right amygdala.”
[as referenced above]
yet they have less?
So steroids make men more left wing. It isn’t the correct area and type to be considered otherwise.
ISN’T SCIENCE FUN, FELLOW RED PILLS.
ACCEPTING FINDINGS EVEN WHEN WE DON’T LIKE THEM, BRO.
My guess is it messes with their sexual reward system and produces impotence, porn addiction, dissatisfaction.
Steroids do cause impotence (PC term is ED). Does it lower sperm count?
DING DING DING WE HAVE A WINNER.
“Anabolic steroids abuse and male infertility”
I am good at this.
“Infertility is defined by the WHO as the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse and a male factor is present in up to 50 % of all infertile couples. Several conditions may be related to male infertility.
Substance abuse, including AAS, is commonly associated to transient or persistent impairment on male reproductive function, through different pathways. Herein, a brief overview on AAS is offered. Steroids biochemistry, patterns of use, physiological and clinical issues are enlightened. A further review about fertility outcomes among male AAS abusers is also presented, including the classic reports on transient anabolic steroid-induced hypogonadism (ASIH), and the more recent experimental reports on structural and genetic sperm damage.”
hypogonadism = tiny balls
“In layman’s terms, it is sometimes called interrupted stage 1 puberty”
You’d have to be a moron already to think supplementing that shit makes you manly.
Nice muscles bro, shame you hit rewind on puberty!
They impair their body’s ability to naturally produce testosterone in future…. idiots.
Darwin Award category?
Big Pharma’s best customer? Like Israel’s Viagra use. Israel and America, top consumers.
**Logically we should restrict steroid use to lower the crime rate. We can’t have gorilla people chimping out and blaming da drugs.
***There are few things less masculine than a man who throws tantrums because Hulk RAGE entitlement. The mantrum has neurological correlates, as we can see.
As for the ACC lefty brain finding:
..I didn’t forget.
“Through these connections, the ACC is thought to be involved with a number of functions related to emotion including the regulation of overall affect, assigning emotions to internal and external stimuli, and making vocalizations associated with the expression of states or desires.
The ACC also seems to contribute to the regulation of autonomic and endocrine responses, pain perception, and the selection and initiation of motor movements. Additionally, there are other areas of the ACC that are involved in various aspects of cognition ranging from decision-making to the management of social behavior.”
And about sexual potency….
I order these for a reason.
Right-wingers more sexually satisfied:
“A new YouGov survey, which asked over 19,000 participants from the UK, France, Germany, Sweden and Denmark about both their politics and their sex lives, has found conservatives to be happier in the bedroom than liberals, with those identifying as “very right-wing” found to be the happiest.”
So much for the benefits of slutting. Muh experience. Yes, experiencing a burning sensation.
If you want a better sex life, don’t be a manwhore.
Chastity is a virtue. Less stress when single, hot sex when married.
I deserve an Ig Nobel for all this connection-making. It could save the West.
While I’m putting out fires imagined by shrill men.