Psy 102 fall 2011-ucsb-Lecture6_Oct12

Psy 102 fall 2011-ucsb-Lecture6_Oct12 - Course Information...

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Course Information • Midterm exam #1, 10/19 – 40 multiple choice questions • Lectures, Textbook 1-9, 11-12 (NOT 14) WV 1-4 (use worksheet answers as study guide) – Review session: Monday 10/17, Chem 1179, 6-7:30, Q&A (can send Diana questions before) – I will hold extra office hours 10/19, 9:30-11:00 – Practice questions posted – Forum for posting your questions about material is open—closes Tuesday 10/18, 8 PM
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Confirmatory Hypothesis Testing • Do we seek information objectively, or are we inclined to confirm suspicions we already have? – Interview this person, he is somewhat of an extrovert/introvert (random assignment). – Subjects made up different questions that lead to confirmation of original ideas – Most powerful: Observers of the interview, blind to condition, saw the ―extroverts‖ as more extroverted and the ―introverts‖ as more introverted • We get people to say what we expect
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Do we always do this? • Less likely if: – We are uncertain of our impression – Concerned with the accuracy of the impression – When non-confirming questions are better than the confirming ones
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Belief Perseverance • The tendency to maintain a belief even after it has been discredited – The explanation or theory about why the initial belief was true often survives
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• Ross et al (1975) gave people bogus feedback that they either succeeded or failed at a social sensitivity test • Then told them that the feedback was bogus—went to great pains to do this • Had them estimate the number of items they actually did get right 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 Current Task Future Tasks Success Feedback Failure Feedback
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• The tendency to maintain a belief even after it has been discredited – The explanation or theory about why the initial belief was true often survives – One way to reverse: explain the opposite
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This note was uploaded on 01/13/2012 for the course PSYCH 102 taught by Professor Klein during the Fall '08 term at UCSB.

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