Do politics make us irrational? – Jay Van Bavel

Dig into the psychology of political partisanship, how to recognize it and what strategies can be used to combat it.

Can someone’s political identity actually affect their ability to process information? The answer lies in a cognitive phenomenon known as partisanship. While identifying with social groups is an essential and healthy part of life, it can become a problem when the group’s beliefs are at odds with reality. So how can we recognize and combat partisanship? Jay Van Bavel shares helpful strategies.

Lesson by Jay Van Bavel, directed by Patrick Smith.

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18 comments

  1. Can someone please identify the exact research he stated in the vdo? I find it very interesting. I need for my fellow Thai to read and understand it.

  2. What I find odd is that this video has only 300k views. How isn’t TedEd the most watched channel?

  3. That advice can be misused to manipulate and take advantage of others. That’s how some forms of “populism” works.
    Who cares what style of populism?

  4. “The left and the right, set aside your differences and kill each other”
    —Greg Guevara

  5. Answer: YES when a politician continuously repeats a falsehood, claiming it as truth unless disproven. Especially if that falsehood aligns with one’s bias. Basically shifting the burden of disproof to others; also known as the logical fallacy of an argument from ignorance.

    So let’s all calm down and have a nice cup of tea from Russell’s teapot. I am told by Uncle Iroh that the tea is far more refreshing and life sustaining than drinking the Kool-Aid.

  6. grammatical error in the title if politics is taken as a single subject (a discipline, ie. the familiar/maximally informative way)

    red flag red flag red flag