Unit V Essay
Wade and Tavris explain that various factors combine to influence one’s thinking patterns, intelligence, and memories. In
fact, we often embrace certain biases and mental shortcuts to assist our cognitive processing. These efforts can prove both
costly and beneficial.
This assignment is divided into parts, so it is suggested that you begin working on it in advance.
Find a popular press article or story from the nightly news in which someone argues a point that you disagree with. Write
a paragraph agreeing with this person. Allow one day before moving on to the next part.
Make sure at least one day has passed since writing the first paragraph. Now, write another paragraph disagreeing with
the person. You will include both of these paragraphs in your essay.
Discuss the differences between your arguments from the first paragraph in which you agree and the second paragraph
in which you disagree. Elaborate on whether you think that your opinion has changed on this topic, particularly thinking
about your initial thoughts on the topic before you wrote either paragraph. In your discussion, incorporate research from the textbook to explain how reasoning, intelligence, and memories
influenced your arguments. How did cognitive dissonance affect your reasoning abilities?
Your response should be at least two pages in length, but it can be longer if necessary to address all aspects of the
assignment. You must use the textbook and at least one additional source. All sources used, including the textbook, must
be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations.