Being Wrong When You’re Positive You Aren’t Makes For Better Learning

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.



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