cognitive dissonance


Definition of cognitive dissonance

: psychological conflict resulting from incongruous beliefs and attitudes held simultaneously

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There's a sense of cognitive dissonance: The selection of products appears to be completely random. Benedict Evans, WIRED, "Amazon's Revolutionary Retail Strategy? Recycling Old Ideas," 26 July 2019 As Nina O’Brien, a professor in Cal State LA’s Department of Communication Studies, talks about cognitive dissonance, a mix of students, ranging from age 30 to 60-plus, raise their hands. USA TODAY, "No girls, parties, cellphones: California's prison inmates are getting bachelor's degrees," 12 July 2019 Just how much the role of cultural cognitive dissonance did to define the tenor of that time tends to get forgotten. Mark Feeney,, "Illustrating the year 1969, when rad met trad," 10 July 2019 This is accurate, but why does cognitive dissonance induce nausea and vomiting? Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Triangulation and Motion Sickness’," 30 Jan. 2018 When the all-new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross showed up in my driveway, there was what shrinks call cognitive dissonance. Robert Duffer,, "Auto review: Mitsubishi shows signs of life with 2018 Eclipse Cross," 19 June 2018 The cognitive dissonance only continued from there. Devon Maloney, The Verge, "Hollywood had a breakdown trying to justify itself at the 2018 Emmys," 18 Sep. 2018 My love of football does sort of endure, which is not to say that the cognitive dissonances are not very, very strong and very, very growing. Eric Johnson, Recode, "‘The NFL is like a drug lord and football is like crack,’ says ‘Big Game’ author Mark Leibovich," 10 Sep. 2018 Like all of us, Pusha is a victim of his own cognitive dissonance. Josie Duffy Rice, The Atlantic, "The Gospel According to Pusha T," 12 July 2018

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Medical Definition of cognitive dissonance

: psychological conflict resulting from simultaneously held incongruous beliefs and attitudes (as a fondness for smoking and a belief that it is harmful)

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