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November 2, 2005
Intention, Perceptions and Beliefs
I just got around to reading the October 7th Science and found this interesting tidbit:
What is the relation between intention, choice, and introspection?
Researchers used a card trick in a simple decision task to identify a dissociation between awareness of the initial choice and the outcome when this has been surreptitiously altered. Participants were givena choice to make in the attractiveness of two female faces shown on two cards, and then asked to justify their choice as they examined the card with the alternative they had allegedly chosen. In some trials, the experimenters covertly switched the cards. In the majority of such trials, participants failed to recognize the switch, and proceeded to justify their choice of the card they were handed, although it was not the one they had selected. (Credit: Johansson)
What's the bottom line: We believe what we want to believe?
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