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Presented By: Department of Economics

Social, Behavioral and Experimental Economics (SBEE) Seminar: On Fooling Yourself: The Mechanics of Motivated Reasoning

David Dunning, University of Michigan

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ABSTRACT: People have a remarkable talent for reaching conclusions about themselves, the world, and their place in it that flatter themselves. The tendency has many names: rationalization, wishful thinking, self-deception, defensive processing—but the main overarching term is motivated reasoning. In this talk, I discuss psychological perspectives on motivated reasoning. I touch on the variety of motivations that underlie people’s judgments (or whether any motivation does at all), the reach of motivated reasoning, and finally potential psychological mechanics that support it.

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November 8, 2021 (Monday) 11:30am
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