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Cognitive Bias: Don’t fall for the “continued influence effect”

Continued influence effect: The tendency to believe previously learned misinformation even after it has been corrected. Misinformation can still influence inferences one generates after a correction has occurred.

 

I think this is important to remember in the current state of media critisism. Media channels break news. So by definition they report on things before the facts are known. I think this puts some responsibility on us.

Try to find all sides of a story at the time of the news breaking as well as later on when all of the facts are in before you come to an opinion.

 

Also related, remember not to fall for “Anchoring”.

Anchoring: The tendency to rely too heavily on the first piece of information acquired on a subject when making decisions.

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