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|Emma and Mr Elton and confirmation bias
Written by Lauren Ashley
(3/3/2011 7:01 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, had such an infinity of applications, penned by Stephanie
The tendency to pick a desired outcome and see only supporting evidence whilst discounting, ignoring or otherwise turning a blind eye to disconfirming evidence is in fact a well known cognitive bias called confirmation bias- I love that Jane Austen was such an excellent observer that she came up with cognitive psychological concepts before there was cognitive psychology...only now I can't find that great quote from one of the JA novels...
It is along the lines of "once a mind fixes on an idea it calls all circumstacnes to confirm it"
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