The Error of First Impressions


Psychologists say that the first thing you hear or see, you tend to believe as the truth, especially when later evidence contradicts it.

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"Lippmann's pseudo-environment... Voters react to the news through the lens of a personal history containing certain stereotypes, predispositions and emotional associations that determine their interpretations. We emphasize that which confirms our original beliefs and disrefard or denigrate what might contradict them" (Alterman, Eric. "When Presidents Lie." The Nation. Oct. 25, 2004: 24).


Sources:

THE ONCE-OVER CAN YOU TRUST FIRST IMPRESSIONS? By: Flora, Carlin. Psychology Today, May/Jun2004, Vol. 37 Issue 3, p60-65

First impressions versus good impressions: The effect of self-regulation on interview evaluations. By: Nordstrom, Cynthia R.; Hall, Rosalie J.; Bartels, Lynn K.. Journal of Psychology, Sep98, Vol. 132 Issue 5, p477-492

First Impressions. By: T.M.B.. Scientific American, Oct89, Vol. 261 Issue 4, p33-35

First Impressions. By: Ruthen, Russell. Scientific American, Feb89, Vol. 260 Issue 2, p18, 2p


Colby Glass, MLIS