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Oxytocin Changes Political Preferences

Oxytocin changes the political preferences of Democrats, but not Republicans. Read More

Oxytocin

What it shows is that Republicans already care about others - perhaps that's why it's been shown that they are more charitable with their time and money - while Democrats are more selfish (although they have no problem giving away other people's money) and have more room to improve.

Oxytocin

What it shows is that Republicans already care about others - perhaps that's why it's been shown that they are more charitable with their time and money - while Democrats are more selfish (although they have no problem giving away other people's money) and have more room to improve.

Mike M. I guess you didnt get

Mike M. I guess you didnt get the memo that if church donations are omitted from the conservative donations, then liberals give more to charity then conservatives. Even though you can claim giving to a church is charity, we all know not all churches give back to their communities. Many pretty much help themselves.

Not true!

Anonymous, that is not true. Republicans do give a higher percentage of their income than Democrats even when tithing is separated out. I would guess this is because Liberals somehow feel 'generous' that they have voted to have the government take money from others so they can feel good about themselves and not actually donate their money.

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Paul J. Zak is a neuroeconomist at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA.  His book The Moral Molecule will be published in 2012.

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