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What does this mean?
You'll understand when you get older, or more drunk
I was making no attempt whatsoever to be useful. I had no idea what cognitive resonance was. The thrust of my contribution was to keep the thread active so that more replies would occur that answer the question fully, and I would learn soemthing. My tactics have worked wonderfully well.
When conflicting ideas that appear to be 'right' cause a specific kind of confusion.
I was wanting a succinct and brief summing up of the term, stupid.
because it can be used as an explanation for why people might see an issue a particular way, or (more annoyingly) in an argument when they can't see your point of view.
As a rule, it says that new information that conflicts with your exisiting knowledge is less likely to be 'absorbed' than information that sits comfortably with it. As jasminepearson says up there, it's been further explained by the 'discomfort' you feel when you hold conflicting attitudes or beliefs.
you've got a group of indie kids who think hip-hop is all bling and glocks. Sit them down with a stack of records from MF Doom to the NWA to MR Lif to Akon (ie. a range of stuff that encompasses the stereotypical to the non-stereotypical) and they'll be more likely to remember the ones that fit in with their exisiting beliefs (the shitty cars'n hoes stuff) than the boundary-breaking, interesting ones that go beyond the stereotype.
It's a heuristic of course (so you might have a listener who's very good at picking out the wheat from the chaff), but it happens in population samples.
It's a method for excusing wrong beliefs
could be thought of that way, although it's more often used to attack other people's views rather than excuse them.
And finding crumbs in your belly button.
Oh, and a neverending sense of uneasiness like you've forgotten something important, mixed with a strange sensation that your entire understanding of the world is like sand slipping through your fingers.
big massive weeping sores on your face and genitalia.
on what exactly you mean by "mean".
it's to do with how your behaviour may not be compatible with what you know to be true.
the classic example is smoking. people know it's harmful but because they want to do it they may make a conscious decision to 'ignore' certain facts or use weak logic to justify their actions like 'you could get hit by a bus tomorrow' is actually no kind of answer but people will accept it because it reinforces their existing beliefs.
see also creationism/intelligent design.
that's an awful explanation.
is more an application of it, though. It comes out of a basic attachment to the beliefs that you already hold; new information is only taken on board if it fits in with what's already there.
It's interesting that you say it's a conscious decision: current think says it's a combination of both your implicit reactions to an object, and your explicit comparison of that reaction to your exisiting attitudes.
"oh look at that pretty man!"
waitwaitwait; men aren't supposed to be pretty.
one of her year 4(?) pupils was described as cognitively dissonant. Just wondered what this meant. Thanks people.
thick and lazy, or, the child's parents are weirdo jesus types who object to some of the teachings and are tring to find excuses.