Confirmation Bias as a Social Skill

  title={Confirmation Bias as a Social Skill},
  author={Beno{\^i}t Dardenne and J P Leyens},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={1229 - 1239}
The authors propose that when testing a hypothesis about a personality trait of another person, a preference for questions that match the hypothesis is a manifestation of a social skill. If so, socially skilled people should request matching questions when the context stresses their relevance. On the contrary, less skilled people should be relatively insensitive to this environmental cue. To test this pragmatic stance, participants varying in self-monitoring sought information to validate an… 
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