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ellie2000ellie2000 Posts: 3,955 Community Veteran
wat is a 'confirmation bias'
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  • Kate_20Kate_20 Posts: 653 Incredible Poster
    Hi ellie, you may want to check:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confirmation_bias
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  • LeilaLeila Posts: 2,064 Boards Champion
    ellie2000 wrote: »
    wat is a 'confirmation bias'

    Hi Ellie,

    A Corfirmation Bias: 
    The tendency to process information by looking for, or interpreting, information that is consistent with one's existing beliefs. This biased approach to decision making is largely unintentional and often results in ignoring inconsistent information.

    Hope this helped!
  • AislingDMAislingDM Moderator Posts: 1,666 Extreme Poster
    Great definitions here, thought I'd just give an example in case it helps. It basically means we look for things, facts and information that back up/support the view we already hold.

    For example: a lot of people (probably myself included lol) will read/watch news information that fits with their existing political views. E.g., a left wing person might be more likely to seek out the Guardian over the Sun because it might be more likely to support their views on a given topic therefore they can 'confirm' that their beliefs on a topic are 'correct/right/morally good'.

    ^ that's just me using an example, there are probably loads of left-wing and right-wing people who read both newspapers! xx
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