“My-side bias” makes it difficult for us to see the logic in arguments we disagree with In what feels like an increasingly polarised world, trying to convince the “other side” to see things differently often feels futile. Psychology has done … Continue reading Opinions as facts
Would You Go to a Republican Doctor? Suppose you need to see a dermatologist. Your friend recommends a doctor, explaining that “she trained at the best hospital in the country and is regarded as one of the top dermatologists in … Continue reading Choice on one dimension
Our brains rapidly and automatically process opinions we agree with as if they are facts In a post-truth world of alternative facts, there is understandable interest in the psychology behind why people are generally so wedded to their opinions and … Continue reading The psychology of society
Something we could use a little more of – studies link intellectual humility with openness to other viewpoints Early in 2018, the default reaction to encountering someone who disagrees with you is to place your fingers in your ears. The … Continue reading A little more humility
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?
The Social Experiment Facebook Should Run Facebook’s greatest strength—its ability to identify and connect like-minded people—is also a major vulnerability. Over the past month, the company has revealed that Russia-linked accounts purchased thousands of fake political ads on its platform … Continue reading Is Facebook a force for good?
The Trump-Goldfinger Illusion Remember the duck-rabbit illusion? It can be seen both as a duck and as a rabbit. If you first see it as a duck and later notice that it can also be seen as a rabbit, your … Continue reading It all starts with perception