You have evolved to tap into the wisdom of the crowds. But on social media your cognitive biases can lead you astray, something organized disinformation campaigns count on.
You have evolved to tap into the wisdom of the crowds. But on social media your cognitive biases can lead you astray.
A society in crisis is more than the sum of its flawed parts.
Discrimination against job applicants with ethnic minority, “foreign” names is still endemic.
Bias is a psychological process detectable in individual judgements. Noise is a different phenomenon affecting human decisions.
Whenever you hear about a new bit of science news, these suggestions will help you assess whether it’s more fact or fiction.
Cognitive shortcuts help you efficiently move through a complicated world. But they come with an unwelcome side effect: Facts aren’t necessarily enough to change your mind.
If you’re struggling to cut back on the booze, your subconscious brain may be over-riding your conscious brain. A new form of brain training targets our subconscious tendencies towards alcohol.
Shakespeare was wrong when he wrote ‘all’s well that ends well’.
To fight climate change, we need to take people’s cognitive biases into account.
Recognising our cognitive biases and avoid them will help us make sounder decisions, and therefore, a better decision for our country!
Cognitive biases often lead us to irrational behaviours such as hoarding toilet paper.
Instead of debunking false claims, psychology shows promoting the facts is a more effective way to fight the spread of misinformation.
Right now, physical distancing is the most important preventive strategy we have against COVID-19. So why is it so hard for us to do what’s right?
Was the government correct to think that adherence would fall over time? Perhaps.
Is making sense of a story more important than getting at its truth? Looking at the treatment of myth in ancient Greece may help us navigate what is true, and whether that matters.
Neither jurors nor judges can be relied upon to put aside their incorrect beliefs about rape. What’s the answer?
Self-proclaimed gluten sensitivity is on the rise, and so is the stereotype that it goes along with being a politically correct progressive. But is gluten actually a good proxy for social values?
Sports fans see it all the time: two people arguing about a split-second difference in who did what. New research suggests human beings have a bias to perceive their own actions as happening sooner.
Media reports are starting to directly connect climate change to its weather effects in local communities. But how you respond to those linkages depends on what you already think about climate change.