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    anecdotal evidence on confirmation bias. Confirmation bias is the common human tendency to notice or seek out information which confirms our already existing beliefs while ignoring evidence which conflicts our beliefs. It is particularly prevalent in cases where our beliefs are mere prejudice or based on superstition. Confirmation bias is the reason why many people believe in the supernatural such as ESP, lucky charms or the lunar effect: a claim that human behaviour is influenced by the position of the moon in its cycle. These kind of beliefs are usually backed up by evidence of personal experience. I will argue that knowledge of the existence of confirmation bias as a widespread phenomenon and how it works will allow people to be less influenced by their own biases and less susceptible to believing in the supernatural. If individuals place less weight on the reliability of personal anecdotal evidence, then aspects of confirmation bias can be avoided. The notion that our perception and memory of events has a direct correspondence to reality is simply wrong. A great deal of research today suggests that what we perceive is not just a result of our eyes and ears but also by what we know to be…

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    There is an issue with this idealized world, and it leaves us susceptible to one of the most common and powerful biases: the confirmation bias. The confirmation bias is the “tendency to interpret new information so that it becomes compatible with our existing theories beliefs and convictions” (Dobelli 19). You succumb to this bias whenever you disregard information that contradicts your established beliefs. Thus, to protect your beliefs, you simply disregard contradictory information as “a…

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    Confirmation bias is when you refer back to the first impression and that will makes your impression of that person. Basically it is hard to undo your first impression and it's a barrier because your perception of that person always relates back to your first impression. Stereotype is a barrier to impression formation because making a pre-judgment before talking to the person will cause a wrong reflection of the way they are. stereotype is when you make your prejudgment based off of who they…

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    The confirmation bias occurs when an individual has the tendency to interpret information in a way that confirms ones belief while giving little to no attention to information that contradicts it. The individual actively seeks out more evidence that confirms their hypothesis and ignores the evidence that will disconfirm their hypothesis. This is an unreliable way to reason because it prevents an individual from considering important information when making decisions. Confirmation biases impacts…

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    beach. Two younger boys who had been playing out on the beach that day, discovered the beached mermaid, the boys filmed themselves going up to it and poking it with a stick, because it had appeared to be dead. The mermaid jumped up and grabbed the boy’s leg and then the video abruptly ended, shortly after the incident the FBI had come to take the mermaid away and paid the boys to not say a word about anything. The video was my proof, there was no way someone could just make that video up, it…

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    Confirmation Bias When an investigation for a case begins, the law enforcement is trying to gather the most evidence that will help in solving the case. This could include many things such as physical evidence or eyewitness testimonies. Sometimes making the legal system unfavorable at times for many reasons such as, evidence getting lost or destroyed or the eye witnesses not being able to remeber correctly. The public and the law enforcers are constantly looking for new ways to improve the…

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    Sleepless In Seattle • Sam Baldwin (played by Tom Hanks) is a recently widowed dad who is trying to get over the loss of his wife and considering dating women again. • Jonah Baldwin (played by Ross Malinger) is the son of Sam who calls a radio show to talk about his dad and how he needs to marry another woman. • Annie Reed (played by Meg Ryan) a Baltimore woman that is recently engaged to a man named Walter, who tunes in to the radio show and realizes she is smitten with Sam. • Walter…

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    The Backfire Effect is the process in which a person argues against any information that conflicts with their views or beliefs. During The Backfire Effect, information that is given to refute something bolsters the original belief. The Backfire Effect is conceptually related to the confirmation bias because The Backfire Effect is the broader idea of the confirmation bias. Both ideas stem from the same issue, which is that there is an opposing view. Confirmation Bias confirms those views while…

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    As a type of cognitive bias, confirmation bias is a phenomenon that seems to play a role in practically every domain of human cognition. In short, “people tend to seek and interpret information in ways that are partial toward existing beliefs” (Ask and Granhag). It means that individuals trying to make their point proven will usually use information that supports their view on events, and tend to avoid information that would contradict those beliefs. People demonstrate this bias when they retain…

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    Confirmation Bias- hearing information that agrees with what you think and ignoring information that disagrees; selective hearing; EX: getting into a fight with one friend and going to another friend for comfort/advice. You listen when they tell you that you’re right for doing what you did but get angry and stop listening when they tell you that the other friend was right for responding how they did. Hindsight Bias- the tendency to believe that one could’ve predicted a future event after it has…

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