ERIC Number: EJ623751
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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Motivated Scientific Reasoning Biases, Epistemological Beliefs, and Theory Polarization: A Two-Process Approach to Adolescent Cognition.
Klaczynski, Paul A.
Child Development, v71 n5 p1347-66 Sep-Oct 2000
Examined the emergence of theory-motivated reasoning biases when early and middle adolescents evaluated evidence either congruent or incongruent to their theories of social class or religion. Found that higher order scientific reasoning was used to reject theory-incongruent evidence; judgmental heuristics were used to evaluate theory-congruent evidence. Beliefs regarding origin, acquisition, and certainty of knowledge moderated reasoning biases and theory polarization. (Author/KB)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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