Wishful thinking: Belief, desire, and the motivated evaluation of scientific evidence

E. L. UHLMANN, A. Bastardi, L. Ross

Psychological Science

June 2011, vol. 22, n°6, pp.731-732

Departments: Management & Human Resources

The article discusses a study which examined whether desire would trump beliefs based on facts when participants were asked if they believe home care is superior to day care. It also examind whether would-be-parents would change their initial beliefs to conform to their plans and desires. The study concluded that evaluations of purported scientific evidence were shaped more by what would-be-parents desired to be true than by what they had initially believed to be true. *RESEARCH *HOME care services *CHILD care services PSYCHOLOGY DESIRE BELIEF & doubt