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The tendency to accept certain information as true, such as character assessments or horoscopes, even when the information is so vague as to be worthless.
- ‘Much of the seeming ‘accuracy ‘of such checklists could stem from ‘P.T. Barnum effects ‘.’
- ‘Behavioural genetics is such smashing science, it does not need to use anything that could look like a Barnum effect.’
- ‘It also cuts out the ‘Barnum effect’ of performers fishing for information.’
- ‘The technique appears to have parallels to the Barnum effect used by some mediums, clairvoyants, and tarot card readers.’
- ‘CSICOP's Joe Nickell appeared on the show to discuss techniques of cold reading and the Barnum effect.’
Named after P. T. Barnum(see Barnum, P. T.); the word Barnum was in use from the mid 19th century as a noun in the sense nonsense, humbug.
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