Speaker Series 2023 March 24th

Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation & Rhetoric along with the PhD in Argumentation Studies at the University of Windsor invite you to a talk by

Loris Isabettini, AS PhD Student

Exploring the Impact of Cognitive Biases on Decision Making: An Examination of Confirmation Bias, Availability Bias, and Emotion

Abstract: This presentation explores the complex interplay between cognition, language, and perspective and how they shape our ability to construct compelling arguments. We begin by examining the cognitive biases that influence our thinking, including confirmation bias, availability bias, and emotion. We then delve into the nuances of language and how it can empower and constrain our ability to express ideas. Specifically, we explore how words and phrases carry connotations and cultural and emotional associations that can subtly shape the meaning of our arguments. Finally, we examine perspective as a multi-dimensional construct that influences the starting point of cognition and determines the orientation of our thoughts about a given topic. The key to constructing compelling arguments is understanding how these three elements interact and being mindful of their limitations. By adopting a critical and self-reflective approach to rhetoric, we can better navigate the complex landscape of human thought and communication and ultimately achieve more persuasive and impactful arguments.


Friday, March 24, 2023

3:00 pm

Chrysler Hall North, 116