White hat bias is a form of bias introduced by researchers into the reporting of their research.

Source of term: Good guys wear white hats.


Features of white hat bias:

(1) distortion of evidence

(2) done for self-perceived righteous ends

(3) may be motivated by zeal or righteous indignation


There may be a tendency to demonize or sanctify certain actions or behaviors, which limits objectivity and distorts perceptions.


The behavior may incorporate selective reporting, misrepresentations or inappropriate statements.

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