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    • Join Date: Apr 2008
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    #1

    negatively biased?

    Dear all,

    I wonder if 'negatively biased' in the following sentence could mean 'bringing up negative associations':

    John is guilty is understood through a cognitive schema referring to the negatively biased core supposition, 'guilt'.

    Many thanks.

    P.


    • Join Date: Nov 2007
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    Re: negatively biased?

    Yes.

    Just as, say, if I used the word 'happy' about someone, your view of the person would be positive and very different than if I had said 'surly' or 'unfriendly'.

    To use words like 'thief', or 'murderer' in relation to someone is to bias your judgment about them negatively; and 'guilty' brings up the associated thoughts of crime/police/what did he do?/prison.

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