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One critical question for the skeptical enterprise is the notion of a backfire effect – when someone is given factual information about a myth that they believe, do they update and correct their beliefs or do they dig in their heels and believe the myth even stronger? Some studies worryingly show that sometimes people dig […]
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How motivated skepticism strengthens incorrect beliefs

Humor / odd : Boing Boing

This is part two in my "The Backfire Effect" series. This one focuses on motivated reasoning, specifically something called motivated skepticism. In addition, it features interviews with the scientists who coined the backfire effect...

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Academics / General Science : ScienceDaily: Science Society

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Attempts to Correct 'Death Panel' Myth May Backfire

Health : Newswise Medical News

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The “Backfire Effect”: Correcting false beliefs about vaccines can be surprisingly counterproductive

Academics / Psychology : BPS Research

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