Conservatives and liberals smell different

Political ideology and party identification are not just about political beliefs and values, they speak to nothing less than a person’s world view.
It stands to reason, therefore, conservatives and liberals must differ in many ways, including biological, homo sapiens being biological animals. As an example, studies have found that people are more attracted to the smell of those whose immune systems are compatible with their own.
Research has found that political attitudes, rooted as they are in personality and basic beliefs, also have a biological component. Conservatives, for example, have stronger disgust reactions than liberals, and some early brain-scan data hints that the two groups process risk and fear differently.
The latest discovery: Conservatives and liberals actually smell different!
A recent experiment found that conservatives like the smell of other conservatives, while liberals find the smell of conservatives repugnant.
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Stephanie Pappas reports for Live Science, Sept. 22, 2014, that a new study finds that people prefer the scents of those who share their political attitudes. This small, subconscious preference could explain why people gravitate toward mates whose politics mesh with theirs — perhaps compatibility has a smell.

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surfercajun
surfercajun
5 years ago

wow, this had a factor of cool!
Thanks, Doc!

MomofIV
MomofIV
5 years ago

Interesting how the conservatives liked the smell of other conservatives and were neutral on libs, whereas, libs were neutral on other libs and negative about conservative scent. Seems, the conservatives are more positive with others while the libs are more negative. I imagine it must use a lot of energy to be negative. I would take this study a step further to see who is healthier, the positive conservative or the negative liberal.

surfercajun
surfercajun
5 years ago
Reply to  MomofIV

thanks, MomofIV.
same thing I was thinking… about the health issue. That would have taken it a step further and even more interesting!

elldee626
5 years ago

While this is amusing, I can’t believe money was spent to study this!

DCG
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DCG
5 years ago

Ewww, who would volunteer to smell these pads, yuck! The results are interesting though…

Northerngirl
Northerngirl
5 years ago

Its totally understandable, Liberals are attracted to other Liberals like flies to s–t ?

truckjunkie
truckjunkie
5 years ago

SEE? I was RIGHT when I said Liberals stink!

TPR
TPR
5 years ago

I think the Apostle Paul’s admonition to “Abhor what is Evil” would include “Strong Disgust Reactions,” so we’re covered! 😉

elvnsword
5 years ago

I think the primary thing here might be the diets involved. I hate to be a stereotypist, but a lot of republicans tend toward a diet heavier in red meats then they’re counterparts on the other political spectrum. It could very easilly have skewed the result to have grabbed people with very different dietary values.
A vegetarian is going to smell different then a person who eats a steak every third or fourth meal.

joandarc
joandarc
5 years ago

Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this interesting and entertaining post. I have always had an excellent sense of smell. I better be careful and prepare myself for the upcoming liberal aromas (LOL)!

Joseph D Christiansen
Joseph D Christiansen
5 years ago

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