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Why you are almost certainly wrong, most of the time

Posted by Andrew Cooper on November 18, 2008

More from the wonderful world of cognitive psychology.  Here’s a handy list of reasons why, as the page puts it’ ‘what you think is right is wrong’.  Many of the factors listed almost certainly apply to the appalling case of Baby P, which anyone following the press in the UK for the last couple of weeks will know rather more about than they’d probably like to know.  Confirmation bias, the tendency to filter out information which doesn’t fit with a decision we’ve already made, has certainly played a part in similar cases in the past.  Unfortunately it has also been a factor in cases in which professionals decided that abuse had taken place, but hadn’t.

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