Makes sense, and sort of explains why so many conservatives don't trust Muslims, gays, blacks, Hispanics, the French, and so on. Also, explains why so many conservatives feel the need to own guns even though their neurosis often leads them to live in communities with people of their same race, faith, and ethnicity. It also explains why liberals, even though a minority, have managed to imprint their stamp on civilization despite the historical numerical strength of conservatives. Brain structure differs in liberals, conservatives: study | The Raw Story Liberals have more gray matter in a part of the brain associated with understanding complexity, while the conservative brain is bigger in the section related to processing fear, said the study on Thursday in Current Biology. "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," the study said. ... "Our findings are consistent with the proposal that political orientation is associated with psychological processes for managing fear and uncertainty," the study said.