Also, there is a lot of evidence that when people feel like their identity is threatened, they hold onto their controversial beliefs more strongly, and they’re less accepting of people unlike them. Conversely, if your identity is affirmed or supported, then you’re actually much more willing to to…
At last, an article that combines the filter bubble and the backfire effect.
I guess you’ve come across the research showing that the backfire effect ‘kicks in’ when people are exposed to roughly 1-in-7 challenges to their core beliefs in their newsfeeds, making them cling more tightly to their incorrect worldview, and then finally gets ‘overwhelmed’ when the figure climbs to roughly 1-in-3?
I’ve been reading up on cognitive bias research, but up until now haven’t seen anyone notice that filter bubbles will probably let enough challenging beliefs through to trigger the backfire effect, but not enough to overcome it.
There are a few links below, but a proper post is in the works, so do point me to more relevant research if you know of any.
Backfire effect and Brexit (Top3ics, May 2017)
I've been meaning to blog about the 'backfire effect' cognitive bias since first coming across it last December.It went…
Update (June 1): and here’s that post I mentioned …