Peer response 1 | GEN 103 Information Literacy | Ashford University

 Your response to your classmates must be substantive. Share ideas, explore differences, and think critically about your classmates’ posts. Bring in information from your textbook, classroom resources or other credible sources that you find to contribute to the discussion. You are invited to share relevant audio, video, or images in your responses. You must cite and reference any sources you use, even in your responses to your classmates. 

PEER RESPONSE:

 Confirmation Bias is a personal tendency to lean toward information that confirms the persons’ beliefs (Barth,2017)—for example, looking for research articles that prove not to disprove their beliefs. This type of bias is like wearing blinders, and a horse wears a blinder so it does not get distracted and can only see its path one way. Confirmation bias keeps a person from opening their minds to a different view, to see another side to the story or situation. If researchers used confirmation bias to meet their research, an article they complete would stop once they reached the conclusion that proves their view.  Without using confirmation bias, a researcher can locate information that supports their opinion and opposes it. The idea is to come to a fair conclusion or give the reader the information to read an unbiased article. For a researched article to be credible and the author to be deemed respected, they must leave confirmation bias out of their writing.

I have learned regarding my bias that I have researched articles in the past that say what I feel.  I know this is my problem with researching any information because I have a hard time looking at the opposing side of my feelings or beliefs. To correct my bias, I can follow these steps.

  1. Fight my first impression. To remind myself that my conscious preconceive image is not always correct.
  2. Jump to the other side. Find at least two articles to view that are opposite what I believe.
  3. Define my inner focus. Train my mind to change its focus by repeatedly viewing the opposing side.

(So, 2015)

Learning about confirmation bias in this discussion has been eye-opening. To be Biased means you are leaning toward an Idea or thing that is positive to you. The opposite side would be negative. Using emotions to make judgments is done on a conscious and unconscious level.   I am not a person that likes conflict, and I can see how when I do an argument paper or am researching for articles, I tend to be weak on my opposing side.  I can see how I have used my confirmation bias to do research and have always struggled with giving adequate defense on the other side. I will take the emotion out of my research and using critical thinking to prove a more reasonable outcome.

Barth, F.D. (2017, December 31). How Confirmation Bias Affects you every Single Day. Psychology Today.https//www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-couch/201712/how-confirmation-bias-affects-you-every-single-day.

TEDx München. (2015, January 12). Why we are wrong when we think we are right. | Chaehan So [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVRco_eLjdc&t=290s.

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