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Frequent repetitions can be a mechanism to make us believe in falsehoods

Frequent repetitions can be a mechanism to make us believe in falsehoods Frequent repetitions can be a mechanism to make us believe in falsehoods
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(...) predictable illusions inevitably occur if a judgment is based on an impression of cognitive ease or strain.

Anything that makes it easier for the associative machine to run smoothly will also bias beliefs. A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth. Authoritarian institutions and marketers have always known this fact. But it was psychologists who discovered that you do not have to repeat the entire statement of a fact or idea to make it appear true. People who were repeatedly exposed to the phrase "the body temperature of a chicken" were more likely to accept as true the statement that "the body temperature of a chicken is 144°" (or any other arbitrary number).

The familiarity of one phrase in the statement sufficed to make the whole statement feel familiar, and there-fore true. If you cannot remember the source of a statement, and have no way to relate it to other things you know, you have no option but to go with the sense of cognitive ease. 

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