Sarah Grunfeld, Explained 

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Last week, I linked to the story of professor Cameron Johnston and student Sarah Grunfeld, calling out Ms. Grunfeld for refusing to admit her obvious error. Now, thanks to scientists at HP, there may be an explanation for her behavior.

A group of psychologists working at HP’s Social Computing Research Group has found that humans are more likely to change their minds when fewer, rather than more, people disagree with them.

The second saddest thing about this is how poorly human nature works. The saddest thing about it is the likelihood of all of those HP scientists showing up in the unemployment line.


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