The moderating influence of variability on belief revision

Bob Rehder, Reid Hastie

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The variability of the information on which a belief was initially based should moderate the degree to which the belief is revised when new disconfirming information is received. Reasoning from everyday intuitions, psychological theories of concept representation, and a rational mathematical analysis, we inferred that as variability increased, resistance to disconfirming information would also increase. Participants' judgments of the central tendencies of distributions of numerical information confirmed this prediction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)499-503
Number of pages5
JournalPsychonomic Bulletin and Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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