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Jun 18, 2019 07:37:57

The cognitive biases you didn't know existed

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Julia Saxena

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The other day I was doing some research on the Halo Effect for an article and I came across this Wikipedia page which contains a very comprehensive list of cognitive biases. 

Wikipedia is really a wonderful thing. So much knowledge - readily available and super organized. I love it!

I think I spend about half an hour reading through this list of cognitive biases (instead of writing my article). There are SO MANY! 

It seems like we must be falling prey to one or the other bias at any moment in time. 

Here are a few of my favourites:

Automation Bias - The tendency to depend excessively on automated systems which can lead to erroneous automated information overriding correct decisions.

Bias Blind Spot - The tendency to see oneself as less biased than other people, or to be able to identify more cognitive biases in others than in oneself.

Courtesy Bias - The tendency to give an opinion that is more socially correct than one's true opinion, so as to avoid offending anyone.

Framing Effect - Drawing different conclusions from the same information, depending on how that information is presented.

Hot-hand fallacy - The belief that a person who has experienced success with a random event has a greater chance of further success in additional attempts.

IKEA effect - The tendency for people to place a disproportionately high value on objects that they partially assembled themselves. (This one is hilarious!)

Normalcy Bias - The refusal to plan for, or react to, a disaster which has never happened before.

Ostrich Effect - Ignoring an obvious (negative) situation.

Rhyme as reason effect - Rhyming statements are perceived as more truthful.

Third-person effect - Belief that mass communicated media messages have a greater effect on others than on themselves.

Women are wonderful effect - A tendency to associate more positive attributes with women than with men. (Love that one!)

And those are only from the list of decision-making, belief, and behavioural biases. There are also social biases and memory errors... 

Are we actually ever acting free of any bias?  

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    @juliasaxena But...but..women are wonderful 😭

    Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Jun 18, 2019 14:43:34
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      @gabrielgreco Agree 😁

      Julia Saxena avatar Julia Saxena | Jun 19, 2019 06:15:38
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