No news is better news: Weak supporting evidence can undermine belief in an outcome

Monday, March 7, 2011 - 12:31 in Psychology & Sociology

Experiments by Brown University psychologists have produced positive evidence that people often think about positive evidence the wrong way -- if it is weak. Defying logic, people given weak evidence can regard predictions supported by that evidence as less likely than if they aren't given the evidence at all.

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