TPO32 task4
Choice-Supportive Bias People often make decisions by considering the advantages and disadvantages of each option. However, after a person selects an option, there is a tendency for that person to exhibit the choice- supportive bias. After selecting an option, a person may begin to favor that option. Without being fully aware of it, people who exhibit this bias tend to focus on and remember only the advantages of the option they selected. As time passes, they will overlook the option’s disadvantages, eventually even forgetting them.


Explain how the example from the professor’s lecture illustrate the choice-supportive bias.



The tendency that people are likely to neglect the disadvantages of their choice after they've made it is called choice-supportive bias. For example,the professor's friend wanted to buy a house several years ago, and he found a house located in the same part of the town where he worked. But the house was not so perfect to his friend because it was smaller than what he wanted to buy. So it was a tough decision. Anyway his friend finally bought the house for its location. A few years later, when the professor visited him, they talked about the decision and he told the professor how happily he bought a house so close to his workplace. But when the professor asked him about the size problem, he responded as if he hadn't even realized that, because he was choice-supportive biased. (154 words)


In this set of materials, the reading passage introduces a term, choice supportive bias, which is a tendency that after people make a choice, they would favor that option and only focus on the advantages of the option. They would eventually forget the disadvantages of the option.In the lecture, the professor uses an example of his friend's to illustrate the term. His friend was looking for a house to buy. He favored a house due to its excellent location. It is close to the place where he was working. He didn’t need to drive to work anymore. However, the only downside of the house was the size. It was smaller than what he was expecting. But eventually his friend bought the house. After a few years when they talked about his house, his friend could only remember the good things about the house—it is close to his workplace. However, he didn’t even remember the fact that the house was small. He forgot the disadvantages of the house.
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