Wishful thinking impairs belief-desire reasoning: A case of decoupling failure in adults?

@article{Harvey1992WishfulTI,
  title={Wishful thinking impairs belief-desire reasoning: A case of decoupling failure in adults?},
  author={N. Harvey},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={1992},
  volume={45},
  pages={141-162}
}
  • N. Harvey
  • Published 1992
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Cognition
Subjects were presented with a scenario that described how a certain type of opinion poll can be manipulated by respondents to put one particular political party (the threatened party) at a disadvantage. In a first experiment, people supporting this party but pretending to oppose it were found to be as likely to say that they would manipulate the poll as people who actually opposed it. In a second experiment, the threat embodied in the scenario was made more direct. It was also more salient… Expand