A mind with a heart of its own
News from the psychology front: apparently, in laboratory tests people associate positive ideas (honesty, integrity, etc.) with their dominate hand and negative ideas with their non-dominant hand. A study of recent debates by presidential candidates has shown that these results hold in the real world as well. The piece itself is optimistic, promising that “watching politicians’ hands could help voters to know their minds.” I, however, always find studies that discover psychological links between ethical concepts and ethically irrelevant phenomena depressing. Ethics is hard enough without our brains trying to trick us all the time!
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