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Paradise Lost
An understanding of psychology is achieved through evaluating principles of psychology
as evidenced within various pieces of media. The Paradise Lost documentary provides an
interesting view of various psychological principles. The two psychological principles that will
be explored in this essay are confirmation bias and coercion. Confirmation bias is defined as the
tendency to search for and interpret information in ways that seek to confirm the existing beliefs
(North, 2017). Coercion on the other hand refers to any undue pressure or threat aimed at
creating an involuntary action in an individual.
Confirmation bias is evidenced throughout the trial of the 3 suspected teenager. In
Paradise Lost the prosecutors believed that even without sufficient evidence that the murder of
the three children was carried the three teenagers, Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelly and Jason
Baldwin. (Berlinger & Sinofsky, 1996). The prosecution in Paradise Lost used every piece of
information to paint the teenagers as the perpetrators of the crime. The prosecution noted that the
boys wore black and listened to heavy metal genre music as a way of showing that the teenagers
were deviants. From watching Paradise Lost it is evident that any information gathered by the
prosecution that showed any behavior that is beyond normal to be a sign of their guilt (Berlinger
& Sinofsky, 1996). The detectives involved in the case stated that they know the Echols and his
colleagues committed the murders as they were deviants. The officers despite losing evidence
obtained from the crime scene affirmed that the crime was committed by the three. Confirmation
bias affects logical thinking as one uses past information as the basis for making future decisions
due to the need to reaffirm the past views and opinions. It is evident that confirmation bias
affected the decision of the jury as well as the case was publicized with the view that the

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Running head: PARADISE LOST 1 Paradise Lost Student’s Name Institutional Affiliation Instructor’s Name Date PARADISE LOST 2 Paradise Lost An understanding of psychology is achieved through evaluating principles of psychology as evidenced within various pieces of media. The Paradise Lost documentary provides an interesting view of various psychological principles. The two psychological principles that will be explored in this essay are confirmation bias and coercion. Confirmation bias is defined as the tendency to search for and interpret information in ways that seek to confirm the existing beliefs (North, 2017). Coercion on the other hand refers to any undue pressure or threat aimed at creating an involuntary action in an individual. Confirmation bias is evidenced throughout the trial of the 3 suspected teenager. In Paradise Lost the prosecutors believed that even without sufficient evidence that the murder of the three children was carried the three teenagers, Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelly and Jason Baldwin. (Berlinger & Sinofsky, 1996). The prosecution in Paradise Lost used every piece of information to paint the teenagers as the perpetrators of the crime. The prosecution noted that the boys wore black and listened to heavy metal genre music as a way of showing that the teenagers were deviants. From watching Paradise Lost it is evident that any information gathered by the prosecution that showed any behavior that is beyond normal to be a sign of their guilt (Be ...
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