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Optimistic update bias holds firm: three tests of robustness following Shah et al.

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A diverse body of research has demonstrated that people update their beliefs to a greater extent when receiving good news compared to bad news. Recently, a paper by Shah et al. claimed that this asymmetry does not exist. Here we carefully examine the experiments and simulations described in Shah et al. and follow their analytic approach on our data sets. After correcting for confounds we identify in the experiments of Shah et al., an optimistic update bias for positive life events is revealed...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1016/j.concog.2016.10.013

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Medical Sciences Division
Department:
Experimental Psychology
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Unknown
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Author
Publisher:
Elsevier Publisher's website
Journal:
Consciousness and Cognition Journal website
Volume:
50
Pages:
12-22
Publication date:
2016-11-09
Acceptance date:
2016-10-26
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EISSN:
1090-2376
ISSN:
1053-8100
Source identifiers:
965953
Language:
English
Pubs id:
pubs:965953
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uuid:3d08d159-453a-4bb8-a7ce-f20694a258bc
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pubs:965953
Deposit date:
2019-01-25

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