Simple Jury Persuasion: Do haters have to hate? It would seem so.

haters-gonna-hateIt’s in our genes. Or at least, in our dispositions. We all know people who are consistently negative. They pick out the negative in every situation and magnify it. Conversely, we also know people who are invariably positive. We call them Pollyanna’s. They are two extremes: the Haters and the Pollyanna’s.

However, those extremes may have a useful lesson for us in teasing out attitudes, values and beliefs–at least according to the researchers whose work we are examining today. The researchers use the example of two very different stimuli: attitudes about architecture and healthcare.

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