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The Influence of Motivation on Evidence Assimilation in a Controlled Judgement Task

Abstract Prior research suggests that people ignore evidence that is inconsistent with what they want to believe. However, this research on motivated reasoning has focused on how people reason about familiar topics and in situations where the evidence presented interacts with strongly-held prior beliefs (e.g., the effectiveness of the death penalty as a crime deterrent). This makes it difficult to objectively assess how biased people are in motivated-reasoning contexts. Indeed, recent work by Jern and colleagues (2014) suggests that apparent instances of motivated reasoning may actually be instances of rational belief-updating. Inspired by this new account, the current studies reexamined motivated reasoning using a controlled categorization task and... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Solanki, Prachi Sudhir (Author) / Horne, Zachary S. (Advisor) / Duran, Nicholas (Committee member) / Neal, Tess (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Cognitive psychology / evidence assimilation / information-seeking / motivated reasoning / rational belief-updating
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 72 pages
Language English
Note Masters Thesis Psychology 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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