People Prefer Explanations That Refer to a More Fundamental Science, Penn Study Says

By Patrick Ammerman Why do some science news stories catch our eye, even if they use exaggerated, irrelevant or inaccurate information? Readers favor a certain explanatory style when learning about complicated scientific topics. This bias is the subject of new paper in the journal Cognition from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. Deena Weisberg, a senior fellow in the psychology department at the School of Arts & Sciences, philosophy graduate student Jordan Taylor and former postdoc Emily Hopkins found that people prefer descriptions with information from more reductive scientific fields, even when those details aren’t relevant to understanding the finding. One way people make a complex idea clear is to break it down into basic, digestible chunks. “If I’m trying to talk about how a car works,” Weisberg said, “I…


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