Psych. M.D. - Belief Bias


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Term: Belief Bias
Definition (Myers):the tendency for one's preexisting beliefs to distort logical reasoning, sometimes by making invalid conclusions seem valid, or valid conclusions seem invalid. 1
Definition (alternative): People will tend to accept any and all conclusions that fit in with their systems of belief, without challenge or any deep consideration of what they are actually agreeing with. 2
Contextual explanation: In simple language, Belief Bias mean that you are jumping to conclusions and making false assumptions of what the conclusion may be.
In the book, several examples are shown of this bias activity.
Premise 1: Some communists are golfers.
Premise 2: Al golfers are Marxists.
Conclusion: Some communists are Marxists. 1

Related terms and concepts:
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Related websites:
Sources: insert WAPA style citations here
  1. Myers , D.G. (2003). Psychology Seventh Edition . Holland, Michigan : Worth Publishers .
  2. Belief Bias. Retrieved October 22, 2009, from Changing Mind.org Web site: http://changingminds.org/explanations/theories/belief_bias.htm
  3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoCqftOYHX4
  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWZhSvFyR8E&feature=PlayList&p=311B60FB835ABF9C&index=0



Edited by: Sejin
Date of last edit: October 23th, 2009



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