cognitive bias

People given accurate statistics on a controversial issue tended to misremember those numbers to fit commonly held beliefs, a study from Ohio State University reports[1]. “People can self-generate their own misinformation. It doesn’t all come from external sources. They may not be doing it purposely, but their own biases can lead them astray. And the… Read more

For many, déjà vu is just a fleeting, eerie sensation that “I’ve been here before.” For others, it gets even eerier: In that moment of unsettling familiarity, they also feel confident they know what’s going to happen next – like, a girl in a white shirt is going to pass me on the left. And… Read more

Researchers have uncovered one of the subtle psychological variables that influences whether people deem a claim to be true or false: the sequence of the letters[1]. “We go about our lives looking for natural sequences, and when we find a match to one of these patterns, it feels right. An embedded alphabetic sequence, even if… Read more

We credit Socrates with the insight that ‘the unexamined life is not worth living’ and that to ‘know thyself’ is the path to true wisdom. But is there a right and a wrong way to go about such self-reflection? Simple rumination – the process of churning your concerns around in your head – isn’t the… Read more