Confirmatory bias in the evaluation of personality descriptions: positive test strategies and output interference.

@article{Davies2003ConfirmatoryBI,
  title={Confirmatory bias in the evaluation of personality descriptions: positive test strategies and output interference.},
  author={Martin F. Davies},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2003},
  volume={85 4},
  pages={
          736-44
        }
}
The operation of confirmatory bias in the endorsement of personality descriptions was examined in 4 studies. Unlike M. F. Davies (1997), who provided only inferential evidence for the role of this bias, the present studies provided direct evidence through the experimental manipulation of supporting versus contradictory cognitions. Generating supporting thoughts resulted in greater acceptance whereas generating contradictory thoughts resulted in lower acceptance of personality descriptions… CONTINUE READING

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