Positive confirmation bias in the acquisition of information

@article{Jones2001PositiveCB,
  title={Positive confirmation bias in the acquisition of information},
  author={Martin V. Jones and Robert Sugden},
  journal={Theory and Decision},
  year={2001},
  volume={50},
  pages={59-99}
}
An experiment is reported which tests for positive confirmation bias in a setting in which individuals choose what information to buy, prior to making a decision. The design – an adaptation of Wason's selection task – reveals the use that subjects make of information after buying it. Strong evidence of positive confirmation bias, in both information acquisition and information use, is found; and this bias is found to be robust to experience. It is suggested that the bias results from a pattern… CONTINUE READING

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