Example Of Cognitive Dissonance

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Cognitive dissonance is the sense of mental disorganization or imbalance that may prompt a person to change when new information conflicts with previously organized thought patterns. The text states, “The incompatibly between your behavior and your new knowledge will make you feel uncomfortable” (381).
I have experienced cognitive dissonance when preparing for an exam. For instance, I will not study or not study as well as I should for a test. Then when I receive my test back or my score is posted, I realize that I really should have studied a lot harder. Then for the next exam I would try to study earlier and harder so I could retain the information so I would perform well on the test. Going into the class I know that I have a test, but I still do not study for it. I know that by not studying it will hurt my grade, but I do it anyways, then once I see my grade I realize that I cannot do that again. Otherwise, my grade would plummet and my GPA could be affected as well.
Another example is when you try to get through a class just by memorizing the information, and not being able to retain any of it. I have gone through several classes where I just hurry and memorize as many facts and examples as I can so I will get through the class and still earn a good grade. I end up not being able to remember such information after the semester is over. An example of this would be my Chemistry class. I am an Early Childhood Education major, and I do not need to know Chemistry to be able
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