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The Very Real Sting of Rejection

After working on his book for years, John Kennedy Toole submitted his manuscript to several publishers. Initially, editor Robert Gottlieb wanted to publish it, but he soon lost interest. The rejection hurt so much that Toole refused to look at his manuscript and he quit writing. He eventually killed himself due in part to the [...]

Conservatives and Liberals Have Different Brain Anatomy

Lefty or righty? A new study links a larger anterior cingulate cortex (left) to politically liberal views and a larger right amygdala to conservatism. Image: R. Kanai et al., Current Biology, 21 (26 April 2011) What makes someone a conservative or a liberal? According to this new (and undoubtedly controversial) study, it’s their brain anatomy: Cognitive neuroscientist [...]