Overcoming confirmation and blind spot biases when communicating science

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Abstract

This chapter focuses on two biases that lead people away from evaluating evidence and scientific studies impartially- confirmation bias and bias blind spot. The chapter first discusses different ways in which people process information and reviews the costs and benefits of utilizing cognitive shortcuts in decision making. Next, two common cognitive biases, confirmation bias and bias blind spot, are explained. Then the literature on “debiasing” is explored. Finally, the implications of confirmation bias and bias blind spot in the context of communicating about science are examined, and an agenda for future research on understanding and mitigating these biases is offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of the Science of Science Communication
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages369-376
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780190497620
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017

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Keywords

  • Bias blind spot
  • Cognitive biases
  • Confirmation bias
  • Debiasing
  • Information

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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Kenski, K. M. (2017). Overcoming confirmation and blind spot biases when communicating science. In The Oxford Handbook of the Science of Science Communication (pp. 369-376). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190497620.013.40