People feel the need to wrap the world in narrative

We as humans have a natural need to put the things that happen around us into a cohesive narrative of the world. (Leon Festingers theories could come in handy here, as "not understanding something" might be cognitive dissonance)

Book - Make it stick.. the science of successful learningBook - Make it stick.. the science of successful learning

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author: Peter C. Brown
title: Make it stick: the science of successful learning



contains a study that demonstrated this fact: People were more distracted by conversations where they only heard one party speaking as opposed to hearing the full conversation (while they were instructed to ignore the conversation in both cases). The researchers conclude that the brain automatically allocates resources towards completing the "narrative", leading to the larger distraction.

Emberson, L. L., Lupyan, G., Goldstein, M. H., & Spivey, M. J. (2010). Overheard Cell-Phone Conversations: When Less Speech Is More Distracting. _Psychological Science_, _21_(10), 1383–1388. [https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797610382126](https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797610382126)

As the books puts it:

	We strive to fit the events of our lives into a cohesive story that accounts for our circumstances, the things that befall us, and the choices we make.

The authors argue that this need for an explanation/a narrative is a key reason why Cognitive biases cloud our judgement when it comes to learningCognitive biases cloud our judgement when it comes to learning
As Richard Feynman famously said:

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool.


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