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About Janey Davies, B.A. (Hons)

Janey Davies is a sub-editor of the website Learning-mind.com and a professional writer who has been published online for over 8 years. She has an Honours Degree in Psychology and her passions include learning about the mind, popular science and politics. When she is relaxing, she likes to walk her dog, read science fiction and listen to Muse.
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How Will Coronavirus End? Here Are 4 Possible Scenarios

By |2020-04-03T12:41:49+03:00April 3rd, 2020|Categories: Food for thought, Medicine & Genetics, Uncommon Science|Tags: , , , , |

It seems as if we’ve been dealing with coronavirus for years. However, three short months ago, no one had even heard of COVID-19. Now, terms such as self-isolate, flatten the curve and social distancing are all common parlance. But do we know how coronavirus will end? The Beginning, the Middle and the End of Coronavirus? [...]

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Hindsight Bias: Why We Overestimate Our Ability to Predict Events

By |2020-04-01T17:58:35+03:00April 1st, 2020|Categories: Human Brain, Psychology & Mental Health, Self-Improvement|Tags: , , |

They say hindsight is a wonderful thing, but don’t you just hate it when people say things like ‘I told you that would happen’ or ‘I just knew it all along’? Are they particularly gifted in their ability to see into the future or predict the past? I’m afraid not. They are more likely to [...]

Why Did Bubonic Plague Doctors Wear Creepy Beak-Nosed Masks?

By |2020-03-31T12:44:13+03:00March 31st, 2020|Categories: History & Archaeology|Tags: , |

With the current pandemic firmly entrenched and the death toll rising, it’s not surprising that people are looking to history for answers. However, if the strange bird-like masks worn by bubonic plague doctors are anything to go on, we’re in trouble. The coronavirus pandemic is not the first time we humans have faced an outbreak [...]

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What Is Cognitive Ease and How It Blocks Your Critical Thinking

By |2020-03-29T19:06:43+03:00March 29th, 2020|Categories: Psychology & Mental Health|Tags: , , , , |

Now before you start reading this article, I just want to promise you it is not a political piece. I am only using an event in recent British politics to highlight a way of thinking called cognitive ease. Last December, the Conservative Party won the General Election with a huge majority not seen since WWII. [...]

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How Mass Hysteria Is Making the Pandemic Worse & How to Cope

By |2020-03-28T12:50:41+03:00March 28th, 2020|Categories: Psychology & Mental Health, Uncommon Science|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I like to think of myself as a fairly rational and calm person, but in the last few weeks, I have felt close to tears. Since the coronavirus has taken hold, I have seen mass hysteria on an unprecedented scale. Never before in my lifetime have I witnessed empty supermarket shelves, people walking around wearing [...]

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Dreams about the Ocean: Interpretations and Meanings

By |2020-03-22T17:16:17+03:00March 22nd, 2020|Categories: Dream Interpretation, Self-Improvement, Self-Knowledge & Personality Tests|Tags: , , , , |

Dreaming about the ocean can be relaxing, exhilarating or downright terrifying. To understand dreams about the ocean, you have to look at the condition and the context of the ocean. However, as a rule of thumb, oceans represent our emotions, often hidden deep within our subconscious. So whenever you are analysing oceans in dreams, take [...]

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Persecution Complex: What Causes It & What Are the Symptoms?

By |2020-03-18T20:22:17+03:00March 18th, 2020|Categories: Psychology & Mental Health|Tags: , , , , , |

Do you sometimes feel that everyone is against you? That the world has it in for you? Or that people are out to get you? You could be suffering from a persecution complex. Those statements might sound pretty outrageous, and to most of us, they are. However, did you know that according to research, at [...]

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Outcome Bias: How It Leads You to Disaster & How to Avoid It

By |2020-03-17T15:12:29+03:00March 17th, 2020|Categories: Psychology & Mental Health|Tags: , , , |

Cognitive biases shape our everyday experiences and influence our decision-making. But one bias, in particular, can be extremely dangerous – the outcome bias. What Is an Outcome Bias? The outcome bias can make you focus on the end result and ignore the risks along the way. When we already know the outcome of a specific [...]