Emotionally Interested People Resemble the Mentally Impaired

To neurophysiologists, who research cognitive functions, the emotionally driven appear to suffer from cognitive deficits that mimic certain types of brain injuries. Not just partisan political junkies, but ardent sports fans, the devout, even hobbyists. Anyone with an intense emotional interest in a subject loses the ability to observe it objectively: You selectively perceive events. You ignore data and facts that disagree with your main philosophy. Even your memory works to fool you, as you selectively retain what you believe in, and subtly mask any memories that might conflict.

Studies have shown that we are actually biased in our visual perception - literally, how we see the world - because of our belief systems.


When people become emotionally involved with something, they lose perspective on it, missing information that contradicts their emotional investment.

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 Why politics and investing don't mix
Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:  Ritholtz, Barry (February 6, 2011), Why politics and investing don't mix, Washington Post, Retrieved on 2011-02-25
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  • Folksonomies: neuroscience cognition mental health emotion


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