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  • Hindsight Bias

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 [...]

  • cognitive ease

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. [...]

  • mass hysteria

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 [...]

  • Impact Bias unhappiness

5 Ways Impact Bias Is Making You Unhappy

By |2020-03-23T15:06:49+03:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Psychology & Mental Health, Self-Improvement|Tags: , , , , |

When we dream of winning the lottery, we imagine that we will always be happy. But what if the way we imagine the future is not reflective of how we truly experience it? The impact bias explores the phenomena whereby we tend to overestimate our emotional response to future changes in our environment. In this [...]

  • Willful Ignorance Examples

What Is Willful Ignorance & 5 Examples of How It Works

By |2020-03-19T20:24:54+03:00March 19th, 2020|Categories: Human Brain, Uncommon Science|Tags: , , , , |

Willful ignorance is built on the deliberate avoidance of evidence that doesn’t match one’s existing beliefs. This can be a defense mechanism as it allows us to create a world we feel safe in, akin to confirmation bias. However, it is also often apparent in behavior that is socially harmful. In this post, we will [...]

  • known unknowns unknown unknowns

Known Unknowns vs Unknown Unknowns: Two Sides of Ignorance

By |2020-03-14T17:38:47+03:00March 14th, 2020|Categories: Food for thought, Human Brain, Uncommon Science|Tags: , , , , |

If I asked you how a CD worked, how confident would you feel in explaining it to me? Let’s say from 1-10? A 7, 8 perhaps? Okay, go on then, explain it, but in so much detail that I completely understand. Not so confident now? We’re talking about a phenomenon called known unknowns and unknown [...]

  • i hate people

‘I Hate People’: Why You Feel This Way and How to Cope

By |2020-03-24T16:38:12+03:00March 13th, 2020|Categories: Personal Development, Self-Improvement, Self-Knowledge & Personality Tests|Tags: , , , , |

I have been guilty of saying “I hate people”, but I really don’t. There’s much more to my emotions, and I wish to think positively. Even the most friendly and extroverted person may say they hate people, but they don’t really mean it because, after all, they usually like people more than some of the [...]

  • Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon

Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon: a Curious Cognitive Effect

By |2020-02-27T22:43:17+03:00February 27th, 2020|Categories: Human Brain, Uncommon Science|Tags: , , , |

Have you ever learned about a new word, fact, idea or product and subsequently see it everywhere around you? This curious cognitive effect is known as the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon. So, is it just a coincidence? Or is there a scientific explanation behind this phenomenon? In this post, we take a look at what the Baader-Meinhof [...]