The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation by Drew Westen

Jun 27th, 2015
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The Political Brain... is a groundbreaking investigation into the role of emotion in determining the political life of the nation. For two decades Drew Westen, professor of psychology and psychiatry at Emory University, has explored a theory of the mind that differs substantially from the more "dispassionate" notions held by most cognitive psychologists, political scientists, and economistsand Democratic campaign strategists. The idea of the mind as a cool calculator that makes decisions by weighing the evidence bears no relation to how the brain actually works. When political candidates assume voters dispassionately make decisions based on "the issues," they lose. That's why only one Democrat has been re-elected to the presidency since Franklin Rooseveltand only one Republican has failed in

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The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the NationbyDrew WestenThe Political Brain...is a groundbreaking investigation into the role of emotion in determining the political life of the nation. For two decades Drew Westen, professor of psychology and psychiatry at

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