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Wishful Thinking: Belief, Desire, and the Motivated Evaluation of Scientific Evidence

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The article discusses a study which examined whether desire would trump beliefs based on facts when participants were asked if they believe home care is superior to day care. It also examind whether would-be-parents would change their initial beliefs to conform to their plans and desires. The study concluded that evaluations of purported scientific evidence were shaped more by what would-be-parents desired to be true than by what they had initially believed to be true.
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hal-00609541 , version 1 (19-07-2011)

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Eric Luis Uhlmann, Anthony Bastardi, Lee Ross. Wishful Thinking: Belief, Desire, and the Motivated Evaluation of Scientific Evidence. Psychological Science, 2011, 22 (6), pp.731-732. ⟨10.1177/0956797611406447⟩. ⟨hal-00609541⟩

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