Your brain's built-in biases insulate your beliefs from contradictory facts

Cognitive shortcuts help you efficiently move through a complicated world. But they come with an unwelcome side effect: Facts aren't necessarily enough to change your mind.

Jay Maddock, Professor of Public Health, Texas A&M University • conversation
Dec. 1, 2020 ~8 min

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Why our obsession with happy endings can lead to bad decisions

Shakespeare was wrong when he wrote 'all's well that ends well'.

Martin D. Vestergaard, Computational Neuroscientist, University of Cambridge • conversation
Nov. 2, 2020 ~7 min

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Coronavirus shows how to get people to act on climate change – here’s the psychology

To fight climate change, we need to take people's cognitive biases into account.

Laura McGuire, Research Fellow in Education, Edge Hill University • conversation
July 29, 2020 ~7 min

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