confirmation bias

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confirmation bias (usually uncountable, plural confirmation biases)

  1. (psychology) A cognitive bias towards confirmation of the hypothesis under study.
    • 2020 February 26, Will Dunn, “William Gibson on the apocalypse: “it’s been happening for at least 100 years””, in New Statesman[1]:
      Days after this interview, on 12 February this year, fighting broke out between US troops and pro-Assad forces just outside Qamishli. Confirmation bias is rarely so fast, or so unnervingly accurate.

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