Thursday, June 1, 2017

Changing political beliefs and desireability bias

In this new research, there's an interesting distinction between the effects of confirmation bias and desireability bias. It's commonly asssumed that we filter out information that doesn't fit with our beliefs. But it may be less about what we believe and more about what we want to have happen. See the link below.

To me, this ties in with other research on opinions about climate change. People tend to deny the science if they are afraid of its implications, what they assume might be the logical consequences (e.g., global agreements, regulation, can't drive my SUV). So perhaps we need to pair problems with solution suggestions that appeal to all political persuasions. Thoughts?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/27/opinion/sunday/youre-not-going-to-change-your-mind.html

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