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This article is about the psychological concept. For other uses, see open mind (disambiguation).

Open-mindedness is receptiveness to new ideas. Open-mindedness relates to the way in which people approach the views and knowledge of others, and "incorporate the beliefs that others should be free to express their views and that the value of others’ knowledge should be recognized."[1][2] There are various scales for the measurement of open-mindedness.[3] It has been argued that schools should emphasize open-mindedness more than relativism in their science instruction, because the scientific community does not embrace a relativistic way of thinking.[4]

Open-mindedness is generally considered an important personal attribute for effective participation in management teams and other groups.[5] According to What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite, closed-mindedness, or an unwillingness to consider new ideas, can result from the brain's natural dislike for ambiguity. According to this view, the brain has a "search and destroy" relationship with ambiguity and evidence contradictory to people's current beliefs tends to make them uncomfortable by introducing such ambiguity.[6] Research confirms that belief-discrepant-closed-minded persons have less tolerance for cognitive inconsistency.[7]

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  1. ^ Tjosvold, Dean; Poon, Margaret (September 1998). "Dealing with scarce resources: openminded interaction for resolving budget conflicts". Group & Organization Management. 23 (3): 237–58. doi:10.1177/1059601198233003. 
  2. ^ Rebecca Mitchell & Stephen Nicholas (2006). "Knowledge Creation in Groups: The Value of Cognitive Diversity, Transactive Memory and Open-mindedness Norms". Electronic Journal of Knowledge Management. University of Sydney, Australia. 
  3. ^ Haiman, Franklyn S. (2 June 2009). "A revised scale for the measurement of open‐mindedness". Speech Monographs. 31 (2): 97–102. doi:10.1080/03637756409375396. 
  4. ^ Patricia Harding, William Hare; Hare (March 2000). "Portraying Science Accurately in Classrooms: Emphasizing Open-Mindedness Rather Than Relativism". Journal of Research in Science Teaching. 37 (3): 225–236. doi:10.1002/(SICI)1098-2736(200003)37:3<225::AID-TEA1>3.0.CO;2-G. 
  5. ^ Hambrick, Donald C. (1987). "The Top Management Team: Key to Strategic Success". California Management Review. Strategy Research Center, Graduate School of Business, Columbia University. 30 (1): 88–108. JSTOR 41165268. 
  6. ^ David DiSalvo (22 November 2011). What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite. Prometheus Books. ISBN 1616144831. 
  7. ^ Hunt Jr., Martin F.; Miller, Gerald R. (Jan 1968). "Open- and closed-mindedness, belief-discrepant communication behavior, and tolerance for cognitive inconsistency". Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 8 (1): 35–37. doi:10.1037/h0021238. PMID 5638020. 

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