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Why do our brains love fake news?

In Principled Innovation, staying open to others’ beliefs requires critical thinking. Yet, some researchers believe that our brains are hard-wired for confirmation bias—the acceptance of information, true or false, on the basis that it confirms our beliefs. Myles Bess of PBS’ Above the Noise describes in this video how confirmation bias reinforces tribalism and some basic advice on avoiding this cognitive trap.


   5 minutes

   By: PBS

   Educator-prep | K-12 educators

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Principled Innovation asks us to work with others and recognize the limits of our own knowledge so that we can better understand and tackle the complex issues our communities face.

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