The Cognitive Biases Tricking Your Brain I am staring at a photograph of myself that shows me 20 years older than I am now. I have not stepped into the twilight zone. Rather, I am trying to rid myself of … Continue reading Are we hardwired to delude ourselves?
Platonically irrational In his essay ‘On Being Modern-Minded’ (1950), Bertrand Russell describes a particularly seductive illusion about history and intellectual progress. Because every age tends to exaggerate its uniqueness and imagine itself as a culmination of progress, continuities with previous … Continue reading Plato on cognitive biases
Autistics Don’t Do Heuristics Given the debate around human rationality in decision-making over the last 40+ years, you’d think that psychologists and Behavioural Economists would have been scrambling over each other to dig deeper into a statement like the one … Continue reading The rationality of autism
A Two-Word Psychological Concept Can Explain The Anger Over Obamacare’s Potential Repeal As you may have noticed, the prospect of Congress repealing the Affordable Care Act, as Republicans have long promised to do, has sparked a pretty furious political backlash. … Continue reading Obamacare and loss aversion
Specific Anchors Are Sometimes Good When Negotiating One of the biggest cognitive influences on any negotiation is the anchor. Whenever you are negotiating about something like a salary, there is some starting number that gets things going. That initial number … Continue reading Anchoring techniques
The Irony Effect Danny Kahneman’s love affair with Amos Tversky began in the spring of 1969, when his dazzling and clever colleague, also a professor of psychology at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, came to give a talk to Kahneman’s graduate … Continue reading The science of mistakes
The two friends who changed how we think about how we think In 2003, we reviewed “Moneyball,” Michael Lewis’s book about Billy Beane and the Oakland A’s. The book, we noted, had become a sensation, despite focussing on what would … Continue reading The undoing project