Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: Cognitive Bias and Misinformation

Cognitive Bias and Misinformation

RAND Corporation Strategy Director Jennifer Kavanaugh discussed the ideas of cognitive bias and examples such as motivated reasoning, recency bias and anecdotes.

Description

RAND Corporation Strategy Director Jennifer Kavanaugh discussed the idea of cognitive bias and examples such as motivated reasoning, recency bias and anecdotes.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • How do human beings sift through large of information quickly?
  • What is meant by motivated reasoning? What are the consequences of this?
  • What is meant by recency bias?
  • How can anecdotes and emotional stories impact how we evaluate information?
  • What is meant by cognitive bias? Based on this explanation, how can cognitive bias make us prone to false information and conspiracies?
  • How does social media exacerbate these biases?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Algorithm
    • Anecdote
    • Cognitive Bias
    • Conspiracies
    • Exacerbate
    • Heuristics
    • Motivated Reasoning
    • Preexisting Beliefs
    • Recency Bias
    • Social Media

    Topics

    Media