A study recently came out that suggests that once misinformation is presented to a group of people, the "ghost" of the misinformation may still cloud their judgment even after the information is proven incorrect.
Want to know the group that the study found to most strongly cling to misinformation? Conservatives, of course.
In fact, the study found that conservatives were more likely to actually strengthen their own convictions in misinformation when shown evidence to contradict it.
This study is both relieving to me, and incredibly frustrating.
On the one hand, I feel somewhat better about being unable to convince certain conservative friends and family that they were just plain wrong about certain things, like Barack Obama's alleged Muslim faith. Or one particularly frustrating conversation trying to convince someone that if a woman gets pregnant, it's not 100% her fault - the man has some responsibility, too, considering it is his sperm, after all. Or that the United States will go bankrupt in our lifetimes if we don't fix the budget by lowering taxes AND reducing spending.
On the other hand, it's incredibly frustrating to think that you can never get through to some people. And that these people have voting rights. And that two disastrous elections and eight years of deleterious effects on the economy and personal liberties hasn't suggested that Americans need to vote for someone who doesn't follow over 90% of Bush's failed policies.
And the ultimate irony of the article is that the people it applies to would never actually change their behavior, they'd just put their heads further into the sand.
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