Tag Archive | cognitive bias

COGNITIVE BIAS #122: Attentional Bias

When we reach a decision or conclusion without considering all of the contributing factors and possible outcomes, attentional bias has been allowed to influence our deliberations. A simple example of this bias (as well as a tool for avoiding it) is demonstrated with the use of a matrix to enumerate all the possibilities of a […]

COGNITIVE BIAS #1: Introspection Illusion

Carved into the stones of the temple of Apollo at Delphi were three proverbs. These include “Μηδέν άγαν” or “Nothing in excess” and ”Ἑγγύα πάρα δ’ἄτη” or “Make a pledge and mischief follows.” But the most well-known is “Γνῶθι σεαυτόν” or “Know thyself.” Which is easier said than done, according to psychologists. As it turns […]

Decision-Making And Behavioral Bias #39 – Unit Bias

You’ve had enough to eat but since there’s still a slice of pizza (half a bagel, a quarter of a muffin) left on your plate you figure you might as well finish it off. When summer eventually sizzles up you discover that your favorite bathing suit appears to have shrunk. The technical term for what’s […]