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Cognitive Dissonance and Learning

Cognitive dissonance is a distressing mental state in which people find themselves doing things that don’t fit with what they know, or they have opinions that conflict with other opinions they hold. Wikipedia explains it this way: “The theory of cognitive dissonance proposes that people have a motivational drive to reduce dissonance by altering existing cognitions, adding new ones to create a consistent belief system, or alternatively by reducing the importance of any one of the dissonant elements.”

The concept of cognitive dissonance is best illustrated by Aesop’s fable about the fox and the grapes.

The fox tried in vain to reach a cluster of grapes that were dangling from a vine above his head. Although the fox leaped high … >>>