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Cognitive Biases

Bridging Business and Design By Building Experienced-Based Knowledge

Soren Petersen | Posted 07.21.2014 | Business
Soren Petersen

Knowing how to bridge business and design is evidently completely different from actually being able to execute well. Most corporate project manager...

8 Things Your Brain Does Wrong Every Day

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.04.2014 | Healthy Living

As human beings, we generally like to conceive of ourselves as rational creatures. We think logically, make decisions based on the best interests of o...

Important Distinctions Between Litigation and Mediation

Mark Baer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Throughout the conference, the panelists kept reiterating that what occurs in court is state specific, "locale specific," and jurist specific. In other words, results vary from judge to judge based upon the judge's biases, beliefs, assumptions and values. I think this should really scare anyone and everyone.

All Paths Lead to Magical Thinking

Matthew Hutson | Posted 11.19.2013 | Science
Matthew Hutson

You believe in God or astrology or a purpose in life because you apply ideas about people -- that they have thoughts and intentions -- to the natural world. What has not been clarified is exactly how various cognitive biases interact to produce specific ideas about the supernatural -- until now.

When the Law Is Involved, Do Notions Of Fairness Matter?

Mark Baer | Posted 09.28.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

When attorneys, mediators and others are involved in the process, their concepts of fairness may well differ from those of one or both of the parties and from those of the other professionals involved.

Cognitive Biases and Vulnerable Student Success

Karen Gross | Posted 09.23.2013 | College
Karen Gross

Our cognitive bias impacts others but also our perception of ourselves. When we become better aware, we can reduce the error rates in thinking about colleges/universities, our current and prospective students and ourselves -- for the betterment of individuals, institutions and the public good.

Should Lawyers Be Required to Take Continuing Education Courses on Human Mental Processes?

Mark Baer | Posted 08.18.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

On May 23, 2012, I gave a presentation to the members of the San Gabriel Valley Chapter of the Financial Planning Association. The topic was "Are Atto...

Hunger and Hoarding in the Welfare State

Wray Herbert | Posted 08.11.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Our primitive human ancestors hunted and foraged for plants, and they also faced periods of debilitating hunger. But our ancient ancestors came up with a better solution to the problem of scarcity. They embraced communal values, in words if not in actions.

The New (Malevolent) Ageism

Wray Herbert | Posted 07.22.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

The elderly have never been honored in American society. They have more often been stereotyped, stigmatized and pitied. And according to Princeton University psychological scientist Susan Fiske, this unfair ageist stereotyping could become even darker with the new influx of seniors.

How Do We Humans Ever Make Good Decisions?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 06.25.2013 | Science
Dr. Jim Taylor

Of course, there is no way we can completely resist all the genetic, neurological, psychological, emotional and social forces that influence our decision making. But a few simple steps can prevent us from making truly appalling decisions.

The Two Faces of Attractiveness

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.16.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Attractiveness is the modern equivalent of what our ancient ancestors saw as trustworthy and safe, so we would expect any deviation in the faces we actually know to diminish attractiveness. Yet a huge amount of research says the opposite.

The Principle of Charity

Jonathan Haber | Posted 12.27.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

Even if this election ends in a victory for the president, it's worth examining whether embracing our biases (and re-enforcing them by surrounding ourselves with people and media that confirm them) is ultimately good for us as individuals, party loyalists or citizens of the nation.

Bias Always Hurts the One You Love

Jonathan Haber | Posted 12.16.2012 | Education
Jonathan Haber

Before deciding that a campaign based on accusations of dishonesty must work, it might be worth checking your own biases at the door, at least long enough to ensure they are not leading you, your cause and your candidate over another cliff.

Cornfield Creek Diary: Collision and Solidarity

Wray Herbert | Posted 10.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Neighbors lingered a long time on the lawns and street, long after the emergency workers and police had left. There was nothing we could do to help, but nobody seemed quite ready to give up the sense of solidarity that emerges around such threatening experiences.

Is Your Immune System Prejudiced?

Wray Herbert | Posted 02.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

It's been known for some time that our heightened vigilance can trigger a biological response as well. We're heading into flu season now, so we're primed to be circumspect, and this in turn puts the body's disease-fighting cells on high alert. But does it also work the other way around?

Why We Like Apple More Than Microsoft

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 09.21.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jim Taylor

Unfortunately, there is no magic pill that will inoculate us from these cognitive biases. But we can reduce their power over us by understanding these distortions.

Border Bias: When We Think State Lines Can Protect Against Disasters

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

We think of Spokane and Olympia as psychologically close because they're both in Washington, even though Olympia is actually much closer to Portland, Ore. The mapmaker in our neurons favors the category over actual proximity.

Why Do Smart People Make Dumb Decisions?

Dr. Ali Binazir | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Ali Binazir

Psychologists who've studied our decision-making processes have observed cognitive biases that tend to get us in trouble. These biases don't make you a bad person, they just make you human.