What is confirmation bias? What is motivated reasoning? How do they impact the spread of misinformation?

Data Literacy Uncertainty and Misinformation

A: Confirmation bias happens when we accept information that confirms our pre-existing ideas or beliefs, but ignore or question information that does not. Motivated reasoning happens when we only seek out information that confirms what we already think is true. Both ways of distorted thinking can lead us to share information without critically assessing it Read more…