When debiasing backfires: accessible content and accessibility experiences in debiasing hindsight.

@article{Sanna2002WhenDB,
  title={When debiasing backfires: accessible content and accessibility experiences in debiasing hindsight.},
  author={Lawrence J. Sanna and Norbert Schwarz and Shevaun L. Stocker},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition},
  year={2002},
  volume={28 3},
  pages={
          497-502
        }
}
Two studies demonstrated that attempts to debias hindsight by thinking about alternative outcomes may backfire and traced this to the influence of subjective accessibility experiences. Participants listed either few (2) or many (10) thoughts about how an event might have turned out otherwise. Listing many counterfactual thoughts was experienced as difficult and consistently increased the hindsight bias, presumably because the experienced difficulty suggested that there were not many ways in… CONTINUE READING

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