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March 16, 2006



It should be noted that Westen's work, which is in the motivated reasoning tradition, while focused on political reasoning, confirms what we've known about reasoning in general for a while now, namely that if you've developed an opinion, that opinion is likely to come attached with an emotional valence, and information associated with it will activate that emotion. Thus, the effects that Westen gets for people who have firm opinions in politics will be true for anyone who has a firm opinion about just about anything.

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