Changing people’s beliefs is not easy!

Research suggets that even when people are faced with strong evidence that challenges their beliefs, they are usually reluctant to change their minds. This can be relatively harmless, for example there are those who still believe that the Earth is flat. At the same time it can have catastrophic consequences, as for example in the US with Trump’s denial of climate change.

Before you read, discuss with a friend the following questions:

  • Why are people reluctant to change their beliefs?
  • What might be a good strategy to get someone to change their mind about something, for example which film to see at the cinema?
  • Is it good or bad to have fixed beliefs?
  1. Skim read the text
  2. Answer the questions by clicking (or touching) checkboxes.
  3. Click or touch Check Answers.
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    • Click or touch when checking your answers to see the location of the answer highlighted in the reading passage.
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    • This activity includes 8 questions.

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