The art of compromise

Well, I have to admit, I’m relieved that Congress and the President came to some sort of agreement last night. Shutting down the Federal Government would have been just incredibly disruptive to science, particularly the important biomedical research being conducted by our colleagues on the Bethesda campus of the National Institutes of Health.

Which brings me back to the subject of compromise. It would be interesting to design a brain imaging experiment which studied compromise. Just outside the boundaries of neuroeconomics, this would be a social neuroscience experiment with political science overtones…..the underlying question is whether there are subtle individual differences between those prone to “split the difference” and the “take no prisoners” folks.

On further search: see the work of Drew Western, who apparently was on the team that imaged partisan Democratic and Republican party members with regards to the 2004 presidential campaign and is the author of a book, The Political Brain.