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Positive confirmation in rational and irrational learning

Martin Jones

Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), 2008, vol. 37, issue 3, 1029-1046

Abstract: A new experiment is reported which tests for positive confirmation bias when subjects learn about a rule. The experiment reveals strong evidence of positive confirmation bias and corresponding violations of expected utility. This evidence for positive confirmation not only covers the search for evidence but also the use of it in making decisions. These results are consistent with and expand on previous results on the subject.

Date: 2008
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