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
Why is society so anxious about delusional beliefs? Desperately striving for an objective view of reality is a technique to reduce anxiety-provoking uncertainty. It promises itself as a way to stop a descent into madness, to avoid being completely disorientated … Continue reading Beliefs are subjective
Why is society so anxious about delusional beliefs? Desperately striving for an objective view of reality is a technique to reduce anxiety-provoking uncertainty. It promises itself as a way to stop a descent into madness, to avoid being completely disorientated … Continue reading Is delusion just a false belief?
Neuroscience Can’t Heal a Divided Nation Lately I’ve been despairing about the state of America. I’m not sure how denying access to affordable health care, opposing scientific facts like global warming and the benefits of vaccines, alienating our allies, banning … Continue reading How to change others’ minds