People With Extremist Attitudes Perform Poorly on Difficult Cognitive Tasks [Study]

Brains hold the key to why people behave in such a way and hold the clues for the ideologies humans choose to live by. Research from Cambridge University claims that those with extremist attitudes perform poorly in solving complex mental tasks.

According to Frontiers in Psychology, extremist attitudes or acts caught the attention of the world in 2001. The 9/11 attack by the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda killed 2,977 people and shocked the whole world. Since then, experts like psychologists have been interested in understanding how extremist views come into place.

Cambridge University researchers sought to evaluate whether the differences in how information is perceived or processed by an individual could sculpt ideological world-views, like political, nationalistic, and dogmatic beliefs, that go beyond the person’s age, race, and gender.

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