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Cognitive Bias

Republicans Want You To Be Afraid Of All The Wrong Things

Andrew Winston | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Andrew Winston

There are well-documented reasons that we humans are fearful of the wrong things (from an odds perspective).

Speaking at Harvard Law, "Making a Murderer" Attorney Dean Strang Highlights Our Troubling Rate of Wrongful Convictions--and Suggests a Solution

Michael Shammas | Posted 07.12.2016 | Crime
Michael Shammas

The vast majority of prosecutors are true professionals, keenly aware of their immense power and its consequent responsibility. They form accurate conclusions on guilt far more often than the converse. Still, cognitive bias and overconfidence touch us all.

Convergence

Jonathan Haber | Posted 07.12.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

In my day job as an educational researcher, I encounter a great many educational standards and other works trying to help ascertain the knowledge, ski...

Cognitive Distortion And A Myth About Success

Hope Perlman | Posted 07.08.2016 | Women
Hope Perlman

Here's the myth. The idea that successful people are somehow different from other people.

The Secret Sauce Of Successful Living

Dr. Samineh I. Shaheem | Posted 07.06.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Dr. Samineh I. Shaheem

What sets resilient people apart from those who give up more easily? The ability to manage and master their explanatory styles post situations, both personal and professional.

The Psychological Reason Why We Hate Ugly Fruits

The Huffington Post | Bahar Gholipour | Posted 07.18.2016 | Science

We look for attractive people to mate with, cute animals to bring home and nice clothes to wear. So is it any wonder we judge good-looking food to be ...

Story Telling

Jonathan Haber | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

Given how much coverage of the Pulse story has centered on what the candidates did and didn't say afterwards, clearly stories about domestic Presidential politics have taken precedence over stories related to the event itself (apart from stories of people dealing with personal tragedies, which have fortunately not been used to fuel partisan arguments - yet).

Personal beliefs versus scientific innovation: getting past a flat Earth mentality

The Conversation US | Posted 06.14.2016 | Science
The Conversation US

By Igor Juricevic, Indiana University South Bend The history of science is also a history of people resisting new discoveries that conflict with conv...

How Cognitive Biases Affect Your Fantasy Baseball Experience

Nicholas Mariano | Posted 05.31.2016 | Sports
Nicholas Mariano

This isn't going to be easy to hear, but someone you trust is leading you astray in your quest for fantasy baseball glory. Don't look now, but it's that big ol' brain of yours. In a horrible stroke of luck, it's hardwired for survival and not for winning fantasy leagues.

Hypothesis Testing

Jonathan Haber | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

Most of us probably expected an election similar to ones we've experienced in the past: a rowdy primary that finally settles down to each party picking a Senator or Governor (maybe a Congressman) whom the parties could rally around before going into battle in the Fall.

Pictures

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.07.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

A number of modern sources inform the construct of critical thinking that underlies Critical Voter (both the book and just-released teaching curriculu...

Beat the Bias: 10 Ways to Become Politically Savvy

Rachel Eckhardt | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics
Rachel Eckhardt

These days, we are bombarded daily on social media with political memes and articles that aren't exactly accurate, to say the least. It seems impossible at times to sort fact from fiction, and news from propaganda. So how do you keep yourself from drowning in a sea of misinformation?

On Being A Chinese-American Woman

Maria X. Liu | Posted 10.16.2015 | Women
Maria X. Liu

I want to be vocal about my experience in order to encourage others to do the same. The experience is one that needs to be collectively shared so that future generations will one day feel empowered and thus embrace their culture.

Empathy and Decision Making

Mark Baer | Posted 08.17.2016 | Divorce
Mark Baer

We are both members of The Esquire Network (TEN) and he has been mentioning that we seem to have very similar approaches to the practice of law and suggesting that we should discuss it further over breakfast. We did just that.

I'm Rich. You Must Be, Too.

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.28.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

The very wealthy are disproportionately opposed to any policy -- including tax policies -- that would redistribute wealth more equitably. This makes sense from a purely economic perspective. But is there more to it than rational self-interest?

Love in Mind: Cognitive Trickery

Wray Herbert | Posted 05.18.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

According to psychological scientist Edward Lemay of the University of Maryland, our desire to bond with another person in a close, committed relationship is so strong that it can bias our thinking, distorting attention and memory and interpretation so that we see and believe what we want to be true.

Two Strikes and You're Out (But Only If You're Black)

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.16.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

According to the U.S. Office for Civil Rights, black students are more than three times as likely as white students to be suspended or expelled from school. Surprisingly, there has been little scientific study of the psychological processes underlying this discipline gap.

Are You a Political Extremist?

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.04.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

The results taken together are consistent with a view of the political extremist as thoughtful and confident, not unthinking. This does not mean of course that extreme political positions are necessarily sound or that they are not biased in other ways, but it does raise doubts about the mindless ideologue stereotype.

Is Powerlessness the Key to Successful Negotiation?

Wray Herbert | Posted 12.23.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Leigh Steinberg, the inspiration for the title character in the film Jerry Maguire, is one of the most successful agents in the history of American sports. He is also a master negotiator. Psychological scientists believe they may have an explanation for Steinberg's seemingly irrational behavior and for its ironic success.

The Term Homophobia Is Improper

Mark Baer | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
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Mark Baer

Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.

Why Good Prosecutors Do Bad Things: Pending California Legislation on Prosecutorial Misconduct

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 11.22.2014 | Crime
Burke E. Strunsky

Despite the U.S. Supreme Court's 1963 ruling holding that a prosecutor must disclose all exculpatory evidence (evidence that helps the defense) there are still too many deliberate failures by prosecutors to disclose important evidence in serious criminal trials.

Wealth, Welfare and the Brother-in-Law Rule

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.10.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

One of the enigmas of our political landscape is the impoverished Republican. This is the American with very little money, and many unmet needs, who nevertheless votes for people and policies that will deny him or her assistance. Indeed, many of the reddest states in the nation are among the largest beneficiaries of government aid.

First Impression Bias - How to Avoid the Prejudice Trap

Thomas Gelmi | Posted 10.26.2014 | Business
Thomas Gelmi

Make yourself aware of the fact that your experiences can also have a negative effect, keeping you from being more effective. Realize that preconceived opinions and ideas can obstruct your view of the essential.

Is Racism Just a Form of Stupidity?

Wray Herbert | Posted 10.20.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

A small cadre of psychological scientists have continued over the years to explore the controversial connection between low intelligence and prejudice, and at this point they have overcome most of the methodological barricades, allowing them to rigorously analyze and answer this important societal question.

Was Rialto Unified School District's Holocaust Assignment Really About Critical Thinking?

Mark Baer | Posted 10.04.2014 | Education
Mark Baer

Although a great deal has been written about the "critical thinking" assignment given to eighth graders in the Rialto Unified School District on whether or not the Holocaust ever occurred, I feel compelled to provide my perspective.