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Raw Concepts: Cognitive Dissonance

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The picture above has a good summary of cognitive dissonance.

Another of my favorite definitions of cognitive dissonance appears in the book Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals About Our Everyday Deceptions by Stephen L. Macknick, Susana Martinez-Conde, and Sandra Blakesee, and will from now on be my go-to definition when bringing up the concept in future posts:

[Cognitive Dissonance] arises when two competing ideas, behaviors, facts, or beliefs are in conflict in your brain.

You’ll be seeing this come up a lot in future posts.

2 Responses to “Raw Concepts: Cognitive Dissonance”


  1. I think it would be better if you finished the previous two topics before going onto the third one!


  2. It’s not that I’m delaying my follow up posts to the other topics in order to do little ones like this. My new policy is, when I am working on posts that will take a long time, I plan to keep doing smaller posts in the meantime. So it’s more a matter of giving people little posts to read while I’m working on the more time-consuming ones.

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