Questions tagged [belief]
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Neuroplasticity: Does reading information subconsciously transform the brain towards believing said information? What level of skepticism prevents it?
I am focusing on subconscious belief changing. Suppose you read a headline passively. It claims that the lottery has better odds than you think and partaking in the lottery once a week is a smart ...
Can we alter our epistemic standards at will?
Let's suppose that a person is skeptical of a belief X given the evidence and reasons/arguments they know so far. Without accessing new evidence or new reasons/arguments for X, is it possible for the ...
Is there a term to refer to humans' automatic belief of encountered information?
I believe there is a universal (or, highly regular in the mechanisms of cognition) human tendency to believe a proposition just because they encountered it. I mean this in a very specific way. It’s ...
Can our beliefs change without reassessment or new evidence?
Can our beliefs change without reassessment or new evidence? I think the strength of our beliefs can change, say from 90-95% as the day wore on. But do people, people with or without psychosis, start ...
Alternative to the Beads Task for the role of emotion in belief revision
Context I'm interested in understanding how emotion / affect is linked to belief revision. My supervisor suggested I use the classic beads task or something similar to it to get at this problem. ...
Is cognitive distortions more fixated than cognitive biases?
I get that due to our heuristic, we can have cognitive bias. However, it is simply out of our awareness, and if someone else points them out correctly, we are easy to accept that (maybe with ...
Experiment changing strongly held attitudes or beliefs
Has there been an experiment replicating the change of a strongly held belief or attitude in the psychology literature? I understand that this is an extremely difficult phenomenon to replicate, and ...
Is "belief" in folk psychology just a sub-type of memory?
In folk psychology, we talk about beliefs. For instance, you can ask someone, why did you increase your investment in the stock market? He may say, well, I believe that the stock market will likely go ...
Is losing faith the same with learned helplessness?
According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of Lose Faith In is: to no longer believe that (someone or something) can be trusted For example: lost faith in government, in love, in humanity, in ...
Probability distribution for a random variable related to self-assignment of a person's degree of belief
I am not a psychologist or neuroscientist. I am a mathematician wondering about how a person normally evaluate its own degree of belief in a given proposition. Suppose a person X is given a question ...
Why do people believe what they believe?
What is the basis or sequence of events that leads to someone believing something is true. Is there a framework that can be used to understand how people develop belief? How do they go about doing it? ...
Which area of psychology studies false beliefs?
Imagine a person has some false beliefs, which are also reflected then in his actions: I don't want to interact with people because I don't trust them and 90% of time they will betray me If I form ...
Why do human beings double down on their perspective?
I am coming at this thinking about two different situations. Those in political parties digging in their heels and doubling down on their beliefs. Friends or relationship partners standing their ...