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Old 02-16-2013, 08:43 AM   #1
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Interesting study: False Memories of Fabricated Political Events

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.c...act_id=2201941

Go to the link and click "download this paper".....it's 8 pages.


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In the largest false memory study to date, 5,269 participants were asked about their memories for three true and one of five fabricated political events. Each fabricated event was accompanied by a photographic image purportedly depicting that event. Approximately half the participants falsely remembered that the false event happened, with 27% remembering that they saw the events happen on the news. Political orientation appeared to influence the formation of false memories, with conservatives more likely to falsely remember seeing Barack Obama shaking hands with the president of Iran, and liberals more likely to remember George W. Bush vacationing with a baseball celebrity during the Hurricane Katrina disaster. A follow-up study supported the explanation that events are more easily implanted in memory when they are congruent with a person's preexisting attitudes and evaluations, in part because attitude-congruent false events promote feelings of recognition and familiarity, which in turn interfere with source attributions.




Party cheerleaders are the bane of our political existence. When I read the article at first I kind of laughed, and then I realized that this could represent the majority of our electorate (or at least a decent slice) and they probably vote on sh1t that they fabricate in their minds to confirm their biases.


I know a tl;dr is inevitable, but if you're remotely interested it's a pretty good and quick read.
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:02 AM   #2
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When I read the article at first I kind of laughed, and then I realized that this could represent Chase, Lair and Phrozen
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:24 AM   #3
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This actually makes sense. Will read in a bit.
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:20 AM   #4
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We LOVE stuff that confirms what we already believe.

We love it so much that if we see 10 pieces of information and 3 of them confirm our beliefs, those are the ones we'll pay attention to and recall later.

We love confirming our beliefs so much that we'll make stuff up if we can't find anything real that does it for us.

Its a very useful characteristic in some instances, but in others its a serious drag on our thinking.
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