The last time someone asked you to explain your choices, did you walk away feeling even more certain about your beliefs? Most people do. The act of explaining has a way of convincing people of their own arguments. But experimental psychologist Petter Johansson urges you to question that certainty and offers some compelling research as evidence. getAbstract recommends this intriguing talk to political strategists, R&D professionals, and anyone with a stake in understanding human behavior.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why much of “self-knowledge” is really “self-interpretation”; and
- Why your opinions, political or otherwise, may be more flexible than you think.
About the Speaker
Experimental psychologist Petter Johansson is an associate professor in cognitive science at Lund University in Sweden. He runs the university’s Choice Blindness Lab.