Confirmation Bias: Why You Should Seek Out Disconfirming Evidence Confirmation bias is our tendency to cherry pick information which confirms pre-existing beliefs or ideas. This is also known as myside bias or confirmatory bias. Two people with opposing views on … Continue reading The desire to be right
The science of business decision making: giving out perks doesn’t necessarily lead to results Research shows that when it comes to cognitive tasks, like decision making, paying people more can lead to worse outcomes. If we want to get the … Continue reading The reverse effect of motivation
The psychology of passwords: ‘You won’t change until you’ve been hacked’ You know you should; you know you must! But for some reason you just don’t ever seem to get around to changing your passwords. You could simply start using … Continue reading Wilful blindness
Of Mice and Mindfulness Mice do not, so far as we know, practice meditation. But in order to study how that activity affects human brains at the cellular level, researchers at the University of Oregon managed to put murine brains … Continue reading Do mice meditate?
This map shows what white Europeans associate with race – and it makes for uncomfortable reading This new map shows how easily white Europeans associate black faces with negative ideas. The ConversationSince 2002, hundreds of thousands of people around the … Continue reading Implicit bias
Do women really show their emotions more than men? It’s a stereotype that has improved a little over the years but still persists: women are more emotionally expressive than men. Like Bridget Jones, we constantly reveal exactly how we’re feeling, … Continue reading Emotions across gender
I’m Not Seaing It Imagine you run a small business in an area where a criminal organization runs a protection racket. “Nice shop here, shame if something were to happen to it.” So you pay. Someone tells you that they’ve … Continue reading Experiments in governance