Echo Chamber

In Echo Chambers, we find or interpret only the data that supports our existing or prior beliefs. Researchers may overlook evidence that contradicts their theories. English psychologist Peter Wason coined the term "confirmation bias" to describe a tendency among his subjects to seek out information that confirms their initial hypothesis.

Confirmation Bias – It’s Not What We Think We Know That Counts

Confirmation Bias – It’s Not What We Think We Know That Counts

Confirmation bias is a pernicious form of bias which can cause real problems in both UX research and our own lives. Learning to recognize and eliminate confirmation bias leads to better decision making, better research and ultimately better products and user experiences.One of the most famous, and flawed, social anthropology...

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echo chamber – News, Research and Analysis – The Conversation – page 1

echo chamber – News, Research and Analysis – The Conversation – page 1

The term illuminati has been used since the late 15th century, and applied to various groups since then. It’s often discussed by conspiracy theorists, and is heavily referenced in pop-culture. Lettuce./Flickr November 19, 2019 Colin Klein, Australian National University; Adam Dunn, Macquarie University, and Peter Clutton, Australian National University We...

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The Curious Case of Confirmation Bias

The Curious Case of Confirmation Bias

Confirmation bias is the tendency to search for data that can confirm our beliefs, as opposed to looking for data that might challenge those beliefs. The bias degrades our judgments when our initial beliefs are wrong because we might fail to discover what is really happening until it is too...

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Elgan: How to pop your Internet ‘filter bubble’

Elgan: How to pop your Internet ‘filter bubble’

Think you're on the Internet right now? Well, you're not. You're on your Internet. The exact version of the online world that you see is available only to you. Most of the major conduits through which you see the world online, including Google Search and Facebook, are gathering all kinds...

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What the Internet is Hiding From You by Eli Pariser

What the Internet is Hiding From You by Eli Pariser

An eye-opening account of how the hidden rise of personalization on the Internet is controlling - and limiting - the information we consume.In December 2009, Google began customizing its search results for each user. Instead of giving you the most broadly popular result, Google now tries to predict what you...

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Anger, Fear, and Echo Chambers: The Emotional Basis for Online Behavior

Anger, Fear, and Echo Chambers: The Emotional Basis for Online Behavior

IntroductionWith digitization and the rise of social media, widespread concern has developed regarding the dominance of echo chambers in public debate (Sunstein, 2007). According to the echo chamber thesis, the Internet has produced sets of isolated ideologically homogeneous echo chambers, where similar opinions reinforce each other and lead to attitude...

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5 Strategies To Beat Confirmation Bias

5 Strategies To Beat Confirmation Bias

In a recent study, individuals were more likely to rate a news item as true if it aligned with their ... political views, even when the news item was false. getty What’s your go-to for news and views? Do you tend to stick to sources that reinforce your own...

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