To see details on the word
cognitive dissonance
please enable javascript.

Go to New Version of This Page
This old version has not been updated since 2016,
but we're leaving it in case you prefer it.
Show What's New
Please update your links from the new version.
cognitive dissonance

Their immune systems crash or they suffer from permanent cognitive dissonance.
Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  psychological discomfort that arises from an individuals awareness of inconsistencies within beliefs or between beliefs and actions
 Mark word for later review on this computer
The theory of cognitive dissonance proposes that people have a fundamental cognitive drive to reduce this dissonance by modifying an existing belief, or rejecting one of the contradictory ideas.

Often one of the ideas is a fundamental element of ego, like "I am a good person" or "I made the right decision." This can result in rationalization when a person is presented with evidence of a bad choice, or in other cases. Prevention of cognitive dissonance may also contribute to confirmation bias or denial of discomforting evidence.

Experiments have attempted to quantify this cognitive drive. Studies have not so far detected any gender or cross-cultural differences. (retrieved 8/28/08)
Web Links:
(try right-click if popups are disabled)
Dictionary -®
Dictionary/Synonyms - Google®
Dictionary List - OneLook®
Wikipedia Article
  • Their immune systems crash or they suffer from permanent cognitive dissonance.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • I mean, the greatest thing of cognitive dissonance you will ever see is that I am in really good shape.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • I told him: "That’s the cognitive dissonance.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • The cognitive dissonance in the man caused him great stress because he knew smoking would kill him, but he continued smoking anyway.
Search for samples from other sources:
(try right-click if popups are disabled)
Interest -- Source
General -- Google News®
General -- Time® Magazine
General -- Twitter®
Associated words [difficulty]:   cognitive dissonance [9] , classical conditioning [9] , social psychology [6] , clinical psychology [7] , cognitive psychology [8] , behaviorism [9] , classical conditioning [9] , developmental psychology [9]
     If popups are enabled: Search in OneLook®   If Flash® is also enabled: Search in Visuwords®
Most commonly used in these subjects:   Human Behavior, Business, Logic & Reasoning
Home . . . enhancing vocabulary while reading