This Is Your Brain on Extreme Weather

We track weather and measure it objectively, yet our own beliefs often conflict with the facts. The video discusses how our source of weather reporting and our personal experiences shape our beliefs. It also covers the concepts of confirmation bias and the influence of the media.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have pupils ask their parents where they get their news from and their political party, then graph to see if there is a pattern for confirmation bias
  • Before the video, ask if scholars think the weather has become more extreme during their lives
Classroom Considerations

  • Video focuses on America, but the concept would hold true for other areas

  • Offers closed captioning in Arabic, English, Japanese
  • Combines science, psychology, and politics

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