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RESEARCH WHAT ARE YOU EVEN DOING?

EMOTION

Emotions can play a huge role in the way you research.

We're going to do a short exercise. For each picture...I want you to spend 30 seconds writing the emotions that flood your mind. Also, consider what you know about the topic and write that out, too.
Suburban Chicago, Daily Herald - Front Page 04/08/2019
Des Moines, Iowa - Front Page 04/08/2019
Portland, Maine - Front Page 04/08/2019
Chicago Tribune - Front Page 04/08/2019
Portland, Maine - Front Page 04/08/2019
Portland, Oregon - Front Page 04/08/2019
San Francisco, California - Front Page 04/08/2019
Vancouver, Washington - Front Page 04/08/2019
Sacramento, California - Front Page 04/08/2019

Emotion shades the way we think about topics. Emotion can prohibit you from understanding fully the topic and the multiple perspectives associated with it.

There are ways that we deal with these emotions and we really don't even think about it. It's somewhat of a defense mechanism as it's hard for us to deal with other viewpoints. We also have a hard time finding and learning other points of view when we have our own minds made up about a topic.

There are two ways you can think about dealing with these emotions.

1) You can realize that the emotions exist and quarantine them when you're researching. This can be really difficult but not impossible.

2) You realize that the emotions exist, but instead of disengaging with them, think about how they affect your judgements. As you go, try to engage with the emotions that allow you to be open and honest with the topic.

Generally, though...people tend to deal with these emotions in the following ways:

Confirmation Bias
Confirmation Bias - What are some things you've searched that you've only wanted to confirm what you think?
Filter Bubbles | Echo Chambers
Filter Bubbles
What are some echo chambers that exist with your topic?
Information Overload
Information Overload isn't just working on this assignment, but also realizing that you are constantly being bombarded with information. Practice, ACT, classes, the Cubs, the weather, your friend's birthday, the train that's blocking Hawley, and the Bio test you forgot to study for...oh, yeah...we haven't mentioned all of the snap streaks you have to maintain, your growing Instagram following, and the text from the adult in your house asking you to pick up your sibling because you have a car now...then, do a good job on finding information for a paper...
Satisficing

Satisficing - Mashup of "satisfy" and "suffice" - When you accept what's there and that's "good enough." Generally, we do this when we have a lot of resources to get or when we're not completely invested in the assignment.

Information Avoidance - Driving out information that might challenge you in some way. "We live in an unprecedented "age of information," but we use very little of it. Dieters prefer not to look at the calories in their tasty dessert, people at high risk for disease avoid screenings and people choose the news source that aligns with their political ideology."
Is there anything that we can feasibly do or is this entire existence completely devoid of hope?

1) View research as a way of understanding multiple perspectives. Be OPEN MINDED.

2) READ/REFLECT/REPEAT

3) Organize yourself in some way that makes sense to you.

4) Use the CRAAP method on every source.

5) Learn to ask questions when you don't know what you're doing. It's really going to be okay. I promise I will never be annoyed. efranklin@carmelhs.org

6) Start your research at tinyurl.com/corsairsresearch

What do you want to be true?

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