Skeptical Salon: Cognitive Dissonance and Carol Tavris (Update)

  • August 16, 2012 · 7:30 PM
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Book club time! Please bring your thoughts, snacks and drinks!

Given Carol Tavris' rousing popularity at TAM this year, we'd planned to do one of her books for book club, but our original book choice fizzled. So instead, let's have a discussion on cognitive dissonance. The below links are some background articles & videos, and at the salon we'll screen Tavris' 2011 TAM talk which focuses on this topic as it relates to communication and persuasion.

Excerpt from Tavris' Psychobabble and Biobunk (intro and first chapter, second chapter isn't directly related, but interesting):

Cognitive dissonance: It isn't just for humans any more:

Brief Phil Zimbardo (perpetrator of the Stanford Prison Experiment and my social psych professor) vid on cognitive dissonance including video of a classic experiment:

TEDx talk by Ash Donaldson on cognitive dissonance and other biases:

Basic definition of cognitive disonance theory:

Cognitive dissonance discussed with some skeptic-world examples...along with a healthy dose of skepticism about cognitive dissonance itself:




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  • Lynn

    Thanks for proposing these great options. They all sound good. I'd vote for Option 1 if you can do it, or 3 is great too. (And 2 in future... :)

    August 5, 2012

  • the monkey

    Good call. The public library only has one circulating copy of Psychobabble.

    August 4, 2012

  • Mark

    Option 1 sounds good. I was about to buy this, so thanks for the update.

    August 4, 2012

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