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Surprising Check Boxes

Surprising Check Boxes

The inertia of the status quo, or the power of default suggestions (called priming by psychologists) has a profound effect on our decisions.  Frequently, we think we’re making a conscious decision, but all too often our choices are heavily skewed by the current status...
Motivated Reasoning

Motivated Reasoning

In this blog by Annie Duke, we learn more about how our motivations affect our processing of information, even when we are unaware of those motivations.  A classic example of this is sometimes referred to as myside bias,  when sports fans supporting different teams...
Breakfast Causes What?

Breakfast Causes What?

In this video from the Khan Academy, Sal uses the example of a study recently published in Pediatrics journal to show the difference between causality and correlation. This is not a technical explanation; it’s simply thinking clearly about what the study actually...
Wait For It

Wait For It

In this blog Annie Duke uses an example from the world of sport to bring attention to the need for all of us to distinguish our long-term best interests from our short-term desires.  Katherine Milkman at the University of Pennsylvania calls this the “want/should...
Can You Solve This?

Can You Solve This?

In one episode of his wonderful series on science, Derek Muller asks folks on the street to solve a simple puzzle. But as you will see, sometimes we make simple problems difficult for ourselves because of the common bias to confirm what we think we know, rather than...
Mindfulness and Sunk Cost

Mindfulness and Sunk Cost

Research will undoubtedly continue for some time, but it is interesting to note that in this study, participants who did even small amounts of mindfulness training improved their resistance to the sunk cost trap, one of the most common and damaging cognitive biases....
How Does Our Mind Work?

How Does Our Mind Work?

In this video clip from AsapScience, the creators have taken key concepts from Daniel Kahneman’s book Thinking Fast and Slow and created compelling media. They use a white board animation with voiceover to describe Type 1 and Type 2 thinking and the ways in which we...
Mindfulness FAQs

Mindfulness FAQs

What Do We Mean by the Term 'Mindfulness'? While there are many different takes, we believe there is a set of common qualities in all of the descriptions we have studied which include: • Awareness of the present moment • Focused attention • Reducing...