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|Title:||The dark side of cognitive illusions: when an illusory belief interferes with the acquisition of evidence-based knowledge|
|Abstract:||Cognitive illusions are often associated with mental health and well-being. However, they are not without risk. This research shows they can interfere with the acquisition of evidence-based knowledge. During the first phase of the experiment, one group of participants was induced to develop a strong illusion that a placebo medicine was effective to treat a fictitious disease, whereas another group was induced to develop a weak illusion. Then, in Phase 2, both groups observed fictitious patients who always took the bogus treatment simultaneously with a second treatment which was effective. Our results showed that the group who developed the strong illusion about the effectiveness of the bogus treatment during Phase 1 had more difficulties in learning during Phase 2 that the added treatment was effective.|
|Journal Title:||British Journal of Psychology|
Br J Psychol
|Appears in Collections:||Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges|
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