Pluralistic Ignorance and False Consensus
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Post No.: 0338   Furrywisepuppy says:   Pluralistic ignorance was very briefly mentioned back in Post No.: 0237 as one of the reasons why the ‘bystander effect’ sometimes occurs when people are in crowd situations.   ‘Pluralistic ignorance’ can be … Read More

Reactance and Reverse Psychology
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Post No.: 0328   Furrywisepuppy says:   Some people, in the face of authority and restrictions to their freedoms, automatically feel compelled to resist that authority, regardless of whether these restrictions are for their own benefit or not. Adolescents are … Read More

Consciousness is Just the Tip of the Iceberg
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Post No.: 0321   Furrywisepuppy says:   Consciousness is just the tiny tip of the iceberg. Most of the time, we’re completely unaware of the unconscious decisions made on our conscious self’s behalf. Examples include picking up the diluted pupils … Read More

The Theory Behind Conspiracy Theories
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Post No.: 0312   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Conspiracy theories always involve the rejection of an official account – it’s the presumption of some nefarious intent or a cover-up behind official positions.   Conspiracy theories tend to be linked to one’s … Read More

The Feeling of Fluency or Cognitive Ease
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Post No.: 0303   Furrywisepuppy says:   ‘Fluency’ or ‘cognitive ease’ is the ease with which something is cognitively processed, and results in heuristics such as ‘simple means true’ or ‘easy means best’. People prefer, and prefer to trust, things … Read More

The Difficulties of Detecting Deception
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Post No.: 0294   Furrywisepuppy says:   We tend to overestimate our ability to accurately read other people’s emotions from their facial expressions. And because we don’t always receive feedback on whether we’re incorrect in our readings, we usually assume … Read More

With the Benefit of Hindsight
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Post No.: 0282   Furrywisepuppy says:   The ‘hindsight bias’ or ‘I-knew-it-all-along effect’ is the tendency to see past events as being more predictable than they actually were at the time. It’s when something seems obvious… but only after we’re … Read More

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

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