People who think their opinions are superior to others are most prone to overestimating their relevant knowledge and ignoring chances to learn more We all know someone who is convinced their opinion is better than everyone else’s on a topic … Continue reading Belief confidence
How your mindset determines your health If your New Year’s exercise regime has already failed, try not to focus on all the workouts you should have done. New research has revealed a surprising connection between people’s beliefs and their health: … Continue reading Perception of exercise
Belief in brain myths and child development myths continues even among those who’ve studied psychology Despite countless myth-busting articles online, dedicated bloggers like Neuroskeptic, and the publication of a recent book described by Ben Goldacre as “a masterful catalogue of … Continue reading The acceptance of myths
The backfire effect is elusive The backfire effect is when correcting misinformation hardens, rather than corrects, someone’s mistaken belief. It’s a relative of so called ‘attitude polarisation’ whereby people’s views on politically controversial topics can get more, not less, extreme … Continue reading Do corrections fail?
We’re surprisingly unaware of when our own beliefs change If you read an article about a controversial issue, do you think you’d realise if it had changed your beliefs? No one knows your own mind like you do – it … Continue reading Are your beliefs inconsistent?
Believing widely doubted conspiracy theories satisfies some people’s need to feel special Unrelenting faith in the face of insurmountable contradictory evidence is a trait of believers in conspiracy theories that has long confounded researchers. For instance, past research has demonstrated … Continue reading The psychology of conspiracy belief
The Role of Motivation in Delusional Belief Rational beliefs are formed on the basis of solid evidence and are open for appropriate revision when emerging evidence makes them less likely to be true. In contrast, a person with a delusion … Continue reading The effect of delusion