The heart trumps the head : Desirability bias in political belief revision. / Tappin, Ben; Van Der Leer, Leslie; McKay, Ryan.

In: Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Vol. 146, No. 8, 29.05.2017, p. 1143-1149.

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The heart trumps the head : Desirability bias in political belief revision. / Tappin, Ben; Van Der Leer, Leslie; McKay, Ryan.

In: Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Vol. 146, No. 8, 29.05.2017, p. 1143-1149.

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Tappin, B, Van Der Leer, L & McKay, R 2017, 'The heart trumps the head: Desirability bias in political belief revision' Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, vol 146, no. 8, pp. 1143-1149. DOI: 10.1037/xge0000298

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Tappin B, Van Der Leer L, McKay R. The heart trumps the head: Desirability bias in political belief revision. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 2017 May 29;146(8):1143-1149. Available from, DOI: 10.1037/xge0000298

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Tappin, Ben; Van Der Leer, Leslie; McKay, Ryan / The heart trumps the head : Desirability bias in political belief revision.

In: Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Vol. 146, No. 8, 29.05.2017, p. 1143-1149.

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N2 - Understanding how individuals revise their political beliefs has important implications for society. In a pre-registered study (N=900) we experimentally separated the predictions of two leading theories of human belief revision—desirability bias and confirmation bias—in the context of the 2016 US presidential election. Participants indicated who they desired to win, and who they believed would win, the election. Following confrontation with evidence that was either consistent or inconsistent with their desires or beliefs, they again indicated who they believed would win. We observed a robust desirability bias—individuals updated their beliefs more if the evidence was consistent (versus inconsistent) with their desired outcome. This bias was independent of whether the evidence was consistent or inconsistent with their prior beliefs. In contrast, we find limited evidence of an independent confirmation bias in belief updating. These results have implications for the relevant psychological theories and for political belief revision in practice.

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