Cognitive Bias in Incident Response When Charles Darwin stated “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge,” civilization’s evolution from Industrial Age to Information Age was nearly a century away. Yet, when it comes to many aspects of IT, he … Continue reading How overconfidence impacts your security
Music Enhances Beer’s Flavor Hearing your favorite song at a bar doesn’t just improve the ambience of your 21-and-up social endeavor. A recent study published in Frontiers in Psychology found that the music we listen to while drinking significantly influences … Continue reading Which music do you taste?
Gambling on limited information: our visual system and probabilistic inference Imagine walking along in the African savanna. Suddenly you notice a moving bush partially obscuring a large yellow object. From this limited information, you need to figure out if you’re … Continue reading How visual system works
What Happens When There Are Limits on Bankers’ Bonuses? Do bankers make too much? That question has been widely discussed ever since the 2008 financial crash, which many experts blamed (in part) on a system of compensation that excessively rewarded … Continue reading Do bankers take crazy risks?
People don’t trust economists anymore For most of my career it has been good to be an economist. I felt wise, I felt heard. Sure, I got constant reminders from well-meaning people that no one behaves in the rational way … Continue reading Is the end of economists?
Zapping Their Brains at Home Earlier this month, in the journal Annals of Neurology, four neuroscientists published an open letter to practitioners of do-it-yourself brain stimulation. These are people who stimulate their own brains with low levels of electricity, largely … Continue reading Is do-it-yourself TMS risky?
How the Immune System Controls Social Behavior More and more, we are discovering that the mind and the body are not separate. The brain is not just an ivory tower that sends orders from on high to a body that … Continue reading How brain makes people social