‘MTSU On the Record’ looks into psychology behind ...

‘MTSU On the Record’ looks into psychology behind mental shortcuts of ‘cognitive misers’

A recent edition of “MTSU On the Record” focused on the psychological reasons some people cling to myths and outright falsehoods, despite evidence that proves them wrong.

Dr. Corey Teague, lecturer, Department of Psychology, College of Behavioral and Health Sciences

Dr. Corey Teague

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Corey Teague, a lecturer in MTSU’s Department of Psychology, first aired Dec. 29 on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and

You can listen to their conversation via the Soundcloud link above.

In their 1984 book “Social Cognition,” researchers Susan Fiske and Shelley Taylor coined the phrase “cognitive misers” to describe how the brain conserves energy by taking mental shortcuts and using the simplest methods of processing information instead of engaging in deeper, more sophisticated thinking.

Scholars have used the phrase “cognitive misers” to refer to people who allow themselves to believe inaccurate information because it’s more convenient than making the time and the effort to fact-check their beliefs.

Teague said this tendency can be attributable in part to the stress that results from our jam-packed, fast-paced lifestyles.

WMOT Roots Radio-new logo-2017 web “It’s difficult because we’re conditioned, especially if it’s a situation that causes heightened emotion, be it happiness or fear,” Teague said. “I think it helps just to live mindful, to be mindful of ourselves.”

Teague, who also owns and operates a private counseling practice in Murfreesboro, earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from MTSU. He also has a master’s degree in professional counseling and a doctorate in educational psychology.

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