Edited by Steven A. Peterson and Albert Somit
Chapter 7: The brain and politics
This chapter provides an overview of the relevant research in neuroscience and then focuses on the underlying theoretical propositions in the linkage between the human brain and politics. It examines how this knowledge might assist our understanding of political phenomena and discusses the potential contributions for understanding politics emerging from neuroscience, now and in the future. It also outlines the strengths and limitations of neuroimaging technologies and other rapidly developing methods in neuroscience and assesses their potential uses in finding pathways from the brain to politics. Finally, it highlights some of the difficulties with establishing a link between the biological realm and politics.
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