Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Denials Contribute to Resiliency of False Beliefs


Washington Post
4 September 2007

Persistence of Myths Could Alter Public Policy Approach

By Shankar Vedantam
Washington Post Staff Writer

[...] The conventional response to myths and urban legends is to counter bad information with accurate information. But the new psychological studies show that denials and clarifications, for all their intuitive appeal, can paradoxically contribute to the resiliency of popular myths. [...]