The hindsight bias is one of many cognitive biases, and it is defined as the belief that an event is more predictable after it becomes known than it was before it became known. As a result, people tend to view events are more predictable than they are. Continue reading
When we solve problems and make decisions and judgments, we very often use mental shortcuts (so-called heuristics). We use these heuristics if we neither have resources nor time to compare all available information before making a choice. In other words, heuristics ease the cognitive load of making a decision. Continue reading
When we think of people with a high self-control, we cannot avoid thinking about how restrained and deprived they might be. Whenever we restrain ourselves, we tend to think that we are missing something. Continue reading
A brain study by Beckes and colleagues (2013) shows how familiarity increases empathy, making the boundary between self and other less clear.
The researchers used a fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) technique to examine the participants’ brain activities in the areas that are thought to be involved in responses to threat. Continue reading
A study by Golle, Mast & Lobmaier (2013) shows how emotional expressions of happiness influence the judgment of attractiveness. Continue reading
A literature review by Murthy & Mani (2013) emphasizes the fact that people are willing to learn to use new technology, but this willingness tends to diminish over time, depending on the time and effort it takes to keep pace with that technology.