GSAN: New infographic: Confirmation bias and motivated reasoning


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New infographic: Confirmation bias and motivated reasoning

Note: We’re switching it up this week to share a new resource from NLP. Instead of detailing one or more recent viral rumors, this week’s newsletter highlights a new infographic on confirmation bias and motivated reasoning.

People generally feel that their opinions are rational and carefully considered. But in reality, we are all vulnerable to an array of cognitive biases that distort our understanding of the world around us. We don’t give all facts and pieces of information the same attention or consideration, and we have an unconscious tendency to selectively find and interpret information that reinforces what we already believe.

This new resource is a handy primer on this important topic. You can view and download it here.


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