chapter  8
13 Pages

Resolving conflicts between observation and testimony: the role of inhibitory control

ByVIKRAM K. JASWAL AND KORALY PÉREZ-EDGAR

Throughout our lives, we are faced with conflicts between our own beliefs and those of other people. For example, we may believe that the earth is flat, that an uncle would prefer chocolate rather than carrot cake, or that the best way to get from A to B is via C. But these beliefs (formed on the basis of our own observations, inferences, and memories) can be contradicted by what other people tell us. How do we resolve these conflicts?