DM WEGNER's scientific contributions

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A theory of ironic processes of mental control is proposed to account for the intentional and counterintentional effects that result from efforts at self-control of mental states. The theory holds that an attempt to control the mind introduces 2 processes: (a) an operating process that promotes the intended change by searching for mental contents c...

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... In laypeople, the illusion of control results in a high degree of certainty that they are able to influence external events, especially preventing negative outcomes. In experts, the same mechanism causes the strong belief that they are able to reduce the extent of cognitive bias by mere willpower, which likely affects the judgments on autism However, ironically, the pursuit of active suppression of certain biases can invariably lead to more occurrences of such a bias due to the psychological mechanism known as ironic rebound or ironic processing (Wegner, 1994). For example, judges, who instruct jurors about the reliable and unreliable types of evidence usually contribute more time and effort to the explanation of how unreliable evidence biases the judgment. ...