Cognitive closure and US politics — Later On

That’s from a very interesting Open Culture post by Dan Colman, which begins: There’s a political disconnect in the United States. We have two political parties, each now living in its own reality and working with its own set of facts. The common ground between them? Next to none. How to explain this disconnect? Maybe the answer […]

via Cognitive closure and US politics — Later On

*Jules’s Note: My colleagues and I have long talked of Leon Festinger’s theory of “cognitive dissonance,” the discomfort  an individual experiences when holding two or more contradictory beliefs or values at the same time. The individual may also perform an action that is contradictory to those beliefs or values, but these actions often occur when the individual is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas or values.  The individual tends to choose the beliefs or values over what the new information show to be erroneous in those held beliefs or values. “Cognitive closure” gives some clarity to how “cognitive dissonance” can exist. This video is enlightening. Take a few minutes and watch.

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