Psychology

Our ability to make decisions can be influenced by psychological concepts that may or may not help. It can be particularly difficult to remain objective when dealing with a controversial issue where people often have strong beliefs and feelings about one side only. Apply the science of decision making to analyze how controversial topics can be presented by opposing sides. In your answer, consider how the availability heuristic, framing, and confirmation bias could each influence the debate. What kinds of topics do you believe are affected by these influences? Can you think of specific examples of when it occurs?

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