Handling contradictory information

From: http://beta.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/why-are-some-us-better-handling-contradictory-information-others

Imagine it: you’re happily surfing through your social media feeds – or what we nowadays call your filter bubble – when some unexpected perspectives somehow manage to penetrate.

After you “like” the latest critique of police power, for instance, you come across an article arguing that cracking down on crime can benefit minority neighbourhoods.

Or, elbowing its way into a crowd of articles celebrating trickle-down economics, you encounter a study showing higher taxes boost growth.

What happens next?

New research discussed on our Research Digest blog looks at how reading conflicting information can push our emotional buttons, and lead us either towards resistance or a chance to learn.