Attribute Substitution and Answering What Wasn’t Really Asked
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Post No.: 0277   Furrywisepuppy says:   In such a complex world, it’s remarkable that we rarely ever feel stumped, for we have intuitive feelings and opinions about almost everything that comes our way! We like/dislike people long before knowing … Read More

Basking in Reflected Glory
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Post No.: 0249   Furrywisepuppy says:   ‘Basking in reflected glory’ (or BIRGing) is when people associate themselves with the successes of others, such that a successful person’s (or team’s) achievements and high status becomes one’s own sense of achievement … Read More

Change is Hard so Let’s Make it Easier
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Post No.: 0243   Furrywisepuppy says:   Change is difficult because of our inherent ‘immunity’ to change – we find change threatening, even when we know it’d be for our own overall benefit. It’s as if we have an immune … Read More

The Bystander Effect in Crowd Situations
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Post No.: 0237   Furrywisepuppy says:   The ‘bystander effect’ is when people are less likely to react to an emergency or offer help to a victim when people are as part of a crowd – because of a diffusion … Read More

The Halo Effect and Horn Effect
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Post No.: 0232   Fluffystealthkitten says:   The ‘halo effect’ occurs when Spartans, while playing multiplayer, tend to have an irrepressible urge to repeatedly jump up and down in an attempt to dodge getting headshot; which is a technique one … Read More

Our Internal Model of the Outside World
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Post No.: 0227   Furrywisepuppy says:   The perception of reality can legitimately differ from individual to individual, and even from moment to moment. A clear example is our own perception of how fast time seems to pass (that has … Read More

Our Limited Attention and Mental Resources
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Post No.: 0220   Furrywisepuppy says:   We all have limited attentional resources – so we can do several things at once but only if they’re all very undemanding and simple intuitive tasks or tasks we’re specifically skilled at doing. … Read More

The Placebo and Nocebo Effects
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Post No.: 0213   Furrywisepuppy says:   A ‘placebo’ is something, whether a compound, procedure or other thing, that brings about a beneficial psychological (and therefore possibly physiological) effect for a patient, that cannot be attributed to the therapeutic worth … Read More

A Primer on the Effects of Priming
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Post No.: 0194   Furrywisepuppy says:   ‘Priming’ has been mentioned before within several previous posts already, so we’ll explore a bit more about this psychological technique or effect…   Priming involves exposing people to a prior stimulus, such as … Read More

Liar, Liar, Smelly Pants on Fire
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Post No.: 0183   Furrywisepuppy says:   Just about every person has told lies before, at least small lies, and if you deny that you have then you’re lying right now or you’re extremely good at deceiving even yourself! Sometimes … Read More

More About Our Systematic Errors
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Post No.: 0177   Furrywisepuppy says:   This post expands on Post No.: 0057 regarding our fast, automatic and effortless ‘system one’ or intuitions, and our slow, deliberate and effortful ‘system two’ or conscious analyses…   Systems one and two … Read More

Cognitive Dissonance and Confirmation Bias
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Post No.: 0166   Furrywisepuppy says:   If you’ve been reading the posts in this blog consecutively, you’ve probably noticed that cognitive dissonance and confirmation bias have been mentioned several times before in previous posts, so I’d like to offer … Read More

The Availability Heuristic on Our Perceptions of Risk
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Post No.: 0157   Furrywisepuppy says:   The ‘availability heuristic’ is the process of judging the size of a category or frequency of an event by the ease or fluency in which specific instances of it come to mind (e.g. … Read More

We’re Not Aware of How Much Gets Past Our Conscious Minds
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Post No.: 0148   Furrywisepuppy says:   A personal self-monitoring and self-control of our biases shouldn’t be relied upon (well there’s the bias of believing that one has gotten one’s own biases under control or that biases mainly affect other … Read More

Challenging People’s Beliefs Can Often Backfire
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Post No.: 0127   Fluffystealthkitten says:   As you probably know very well from personal experience – trying to debunk another person’s deeply-held beliefs is often fraught with dangers. It can sometimes backfire, and backfire spectacularly. It’s like trying to … Read More

Our Expectations Can Override Our Senses
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Post No.: 0121   Furrywisepuppy says:   Our expectations and preconceptions can shape or override our sensory data. For example, in experiments, unless there are glaring differences in taste between two different wines, the higher-priced wine will be deemed more … Read More

Body Language and Non-Verbal Communication
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Post No.: 0099   Furrywisepuppy says:   Whereas mathematical symbolic language must be precise (e.g. ‘A > B’ should mean nothing else except ‘the value of A is greater than the value of B’) – everyday language can often be … Read More

Collective Wisdom or the Wisdom of the Crowd
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Post No.: 0090   Furrywisepuppy says:   The ‘wisdom of the crowd’ or ‘collective wisdom’ works when individuals may greatly over-estimate or greatly under-estimate answers to a question, such as ‘how heavy is this cow?’, and therefore if the sample … Read More

We Only Trust Our Instincts if We Have Nothing Better to Trust
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Post No.: 0085   Furrywisepuppy says:   Instincts (or intuitions, gut feelings, hunches or whatever you want to call them) and other effortless, unconscious mental heuristic processes have their benefits for sure e.g. when we truly only have a literal … Read More

A Few Mental Shortcuts Used in Persuasion
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Post No.: 0078   Furrywisepuppy says:   You’d think everyone would consider all the information presented to them and then make rational decisions based on this information, but people tend to actually rely on a few mental shortcuts…   Reciprocity … Read More

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