Your Brain on Politics / Rick Shenkman

Your Brain on Politics / Rick Shenkman


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We’ve just been through one of the most fascinating and disturbing elections in American history. Why did people vote the way they did? Until recently, no one really knew because we lacked insight into how the human brain digests political information. But now we do. With the help of science we now know why voters are often apathetic, why they fall for manipulative politicians, and how biases of all kinds cloud their judgment.

The program draws on cutting-edge research in neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, and behavioral psychology. The talk focuses on the core problem identified by evolutionary psychologists: Evolution has left us adrift in a modern world with a brain wired for the Stone Age. While in our personal lives ancient instincts often work to our advantage, in politics they usually don’t. Modern cues set off ancient instinctive responses that prompt us to behave in ways contrary to our own interests and good governance.


What schools are saying:

Thank you so much for today’s program. It was a true success as we had just over 100 in attendance. Additionally, I have heard several pieces of positive feedback from those who came to hear Mr. Shenkman’s lecture. This was a great way to recognize Constitution Day on our campus.

Thanks again and have a great week!
Steve B
Ivy Tech University

Rick was great to work with. He is very personable and passionate about his topic. He is able to deal with audience members who may challenge him in an aggressive manner with great ease. I have had him on campus several times and would certainly do it again. Jayne at Contemporary Issues Agency is also amazing to work with. We have brought many of their speakers and have always had a positive experience.

Shelley B
Director of Student Life & Involvement
Centralia College


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