Minding Your Amygdala - A Brain, Body, Behavior Podcast

How Confirmation Bias is Dividing Society

June 22, 2024 Dr. Alauna Curry Season 3 Episode 16
How Confirmation Bias is Dividing Society
Minding Your Amygdala - A Brain, Body, Behavior Podcast
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Minding Your Amygdala - A Brain, Body, Behavior Podcast
How Confirmation Bias is Dividing Society
Jun 22, 2024 Season 3 Episode 16
Dr. Alauna Curry

Have you noticed that society seems more divided than ever?  How can so many people be living in the same world, yet experiencing such different realities?  Enter our brain and biology!  While some have become aware of the importance of understanding implicit and explicit bias, I believe the strongest human bias is confirmation bias, the tendency to believe in our own "rightness" and therefore our brain gives greater weight to information that reinforces our own perspective and downgrades evidence to the contrary (even if it is more grounded in evidence or accurate.)  

The advancement of technologies such as the internet, graphic design and social media have ensured that finding someone to agree with us is easier than ever, yet this can result in "silos of psychosis," where enough people in agreement can create deeply shared false beliefs.  In this episode of Minding Your Amygdala, you'll learn more about confirmation bias, and how to use empathy to combat this feature of human biology!

Get your Early Bird Ticket to The Trauma C.U.R.E. : Creators Using Radical Empathy at https://thetraumacure.com!

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Have you noticed that society seems more divided than ever?  How can so many people be living in the same world, yet experiencing such different realities?  Enter our brain and biology!  While some have become aware of the importance of understanding implicit and explicit bias, I believe the strongest human bias is confirmation bias, the tendency to believe in our own "rightness" and therefore our brain gives greater weight to information that reinforces our own perspective and downgrades evidence to the contrary (even if it is more grounded in evidence or accurate.)  

The advancement of technologies such as the internet, graphic design and social media have ensured that finding someone to agree with us is easier than ever, yet this can result in "silos of psychosis," where enough people in agreement can create deeply shared false beliefs.  In this episode of Minding Your Amygdala, you'll learn more about confirmation bias, and how to use empathy to combat this feature of human biology!

Get your Early Bird Ticket to The Trauma C.U.R.E. : Creators Using Radical Empathy at https://thetraumacure.com!

Support the Show.

Follow @dralauna on Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn