Being Wrong When You’re Positive You Aren’t Makes For Better Learning
April 29, 2012 Leave a comment
It’s all due to shame and an effect called “hypercorrection“:
“Suppose I ask you, ‘What is the capital of Canada ?’ and you say ‘Toronto. ‘ I say, ‘How confident are you?’ and you say, ‘Very highly confident.’ When I then tell you that actually the capital is Ottawa, you’re very likely to remember it— not just a few minutes later but weeks later, and maybe for much longer, we think.”
I suspect this may also show up in really obnoxious atheists and religious converts. My guess is that due to some cross-wiring, the convert/atheist who is sure of their original position and then decides it’s wrong experiences this hypercorrection effect. Forever ever being a total douche to people who don’t agree with them.