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Wishful Thinking: Belief, Desire, and the Motivated Evaluation of Scientific Evidence

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  • Eric Luis Uhlmann

    (GREGH - Groupement de Recherche et d'Etudes en Gestion à HEC - HEC Paris - Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • Anthony Bastardi
  • Lee Ross

Abstract

The article discusses a study which examined whether desire would trump beliefs based on facts when participants were asked if they believe home care is superior to day care. It also examind whether would-be-parents would change their initial beliefs to conform to their plans and desires. The study concluded that evaluations of purported scientific evidence were shaped more by what would-be-parents desired to be true than by what they had initially believed to be true.

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  • Eric Luis Uhlmann & Anthony Bastardi & Lee Ross, 2011. "Wishful Thinking: Belief, Desire, and the Motivated Evaluation of Scientific Evidence," Post-Print hal-00609541, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00609541
    DOI: 10.1177/0956797611406447
    Note: View the original document on HAL open archive server: https://hal-hec.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-00609541
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    1. Abel Brodeur & Mathias Lé & Marc Sangnier & Yanos Zylberberg, 2016. "Star Wars: The Empirics Strike Back," American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Economic Association, vol. 8(1), pages 1-32, January.
    2. repec:spr:climat:v:148:y:2018:i:1:d:10.1007_s10584-018-2192-4 is not listed on IDEAS

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