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If the headline confirms a strongly held prior belief, or is antithetical to prior beliefs, then no need to read. Consider an article titled, 'the world is round' ... no need to read it as I already believe that. An alternate title 'the world is flat' ... no need to read that either. An article 'the world is changing' may pique my interest and cause me to ...


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I think that the conjunction fallacy might play a role in these instances. The fallacy assumes, according to Tversky & Kahneman (1983), that we tend to try to build a more plausible reason in our minds and thus string together the information with what is easier to believe. With an abundance of information, it is easier for people to piece stories ...


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