Myside Bias, Rational Thinking, and Intelligence

  title={Myside Bias, Rational Thinking, and Intelligence},
  author={Keith E. Stanovich and Richard F. West and Maggie E. Toplak},
  journal={Current Directions in Psychological Science},
  pages={259 - 264}
Myside bias occurs when people evaluate evidence, generate evidence, and test hypotheses in a manner biased toward their own prior opinions and attitudes. Research across a wide variety of myside bias paradigms has revealed a somewhat surprising finding regarding individual differences. The magnitude of the myside bias shows very little relation to intelligence. Avoiding myside bias is thus one rational thinking skill that is not assessed by intelligence tests or even indirectly indexed through… 

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