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Courses Journalism Schools Should Teach | Jashvina Shah |

Courses Journalism Schools Should Teach | Jashvina Shah | | Science Is Good For Your Brain |

I graduated from Boston University with a degree in journalism. I’m currently unemployed and cover college hockey mostly for free, so I freelance on the side. Despite not having a full-time job, I don’t regret graduating with a journalism degree.

I’m actually pretty lucky, since I learned a lot of skills at BU. I took a multimedia journalism class, a magazine class and a broadcast journalism class (where we produced a sports show every week). So I learned basic design, photography, video and digital media skills, which have been important for me the past few years.

When I graduated — jobless — in 2013, I moved back to New Jersey and created Eye on the Tigers for Princeton hockey coverage (this is technically my full-time job, except I don’t get paid for it). While covering the team, I’ve lived off the skills I learned at BU. I started with writing and expanded to video, interactives, photography and social media.

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'Warm-blooded fish' traps its own heat in the deep - BBC News

'Warm-blooded fish' traps its own heat in the deep - BBC News | Science Is Good For Your Brain |
The deep-water opah becomes the first fish known to regulate its own temperature, using heat from its flapping fins to warm its heart and brain.
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Since we also come from the water - it may not be the first warm blooded fish!
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How Your Brain Decides Without You - Issue 19: Illusions - Nautilus

How Your Brain Decides Without You - Issue 19: Illusions - Nautilus | Science Is Good For Your Brain |
Princeton’s Palmer Field, 1951. An autumn classic matching the unbeaten Tigers, with star tailback Dick Kazmaier—a gifted passer,…

Via Gerald Carey, Jocelyn Stoller
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The Self Delusion of Choice. How Your Brain Decides without YOU. 

Gerald Carey's curator insight, November 7, 2014 2:37 AM

Great! Not only three new versions of the rabbit/duck illusion (see the illustration) but the article is a good read on topics such as cognitive dissonance, the way that the brain filters and interprets information, the way our beliefs can influence what we 'see' and the way that truth can be 'hard-wired' into the brain very early in our experiences.

Very interesting and well-written.

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30 Minutes Of Exercise Makes The Brain More ‘Plastic’

30 Minutes Of Exercise Makes The Brain More ‘Plastic’ | Science Is Good For Your Brain |
A team of neuroscientists has found that even one 30-minute exercise session can improve cognitive function.
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Just back from a run!!!

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Welcome to the Anthropocene

"A 3-minute journey through the last 250 years of our history, from the start of the Industrial Revolution to the Rio+20 Summit. The film charts the growth of humanity into a global force on the equivalent scale to major geological processes."

Via Seth Dixon
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Our levels of self delusion regarding our environmental impact is astounding... Here the reality...

Olga Boldina's curator insight, September 24, 2014 10:39 AM

добавить свой понимание ...

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, September 24, 2014 11:55 AM

El Antropoceno,  nueva era geológica

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, May 21, 11:33 AM

Summer reading KQ1: How has the Earth's environment changed over time?

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The Brain Eaters - Washington Post

The Brain Eaters - Washington Post | Science Is Good For Your Brain |
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The Brain Eaters
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This isn't really about brain eating, but it is about brains and eating them makes a way better headline than the other one I thought of. Brain research is the second-last frontier.
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The People’s Guide to Spatial Thinking

The People’s Guide to Spatial Thinking | Science Is Good For Your Brain |

"One of our colleagues and leaders in spatial thinking in education, Dr. Diana Stuart Sinton, has written a book entitled The People’s Guide to Spatial Thinkingalong with colleagues Sarah Bednarz, Phil Gersmehl, Robert Kolvoord, and David Uttal.  As the name implies, the book provides an accessible and readable way for students, educators, and even the general public to understand what spatial thinking is and why it matters.  It “help[s] us think across the geographies of our life spaces, physical and social spaces, and intellectual space.”  Dr. Sinton pulls selections from the NRC’s Learning to Think Spatially report and ties them to everyday life.  In so doing, she also provides ways for us in the educational community to think about teaching these concepts and skills in a variety of courses.   Indeed, as she points out, spatial thinking is particularly essential within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, as well as geography."  - See more at: ESRI's GIS Education Community blog

Via Seth Dixon
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This is so interesting because how we represent space makes such a difference to our inner sense of well being in my experience and practice.

Fran Martin's curator insight, January 31, 2014 4:07 AM

Useful for what we mean when we say 'thinking geographically'.

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, January 31, 2014 6:17 PM

Educação geográfica! 

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, February 2, 2014 7:02 PM

Guía popular de pensamiento espacial.

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Forget Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead.

When it comes to getting things done and making progress in the areas that are important to you, there is a much better way to do things.

Via Damien Catani
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I'm using this to create my new info product.

Damien Catani's curator insight, December 28, 2013 4:32 AM

Some thoughts on process goals (or habits, called "systems" in this article) versus product goals.

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Romance Ramble: Women Who Read Romance Have Sex More Often

Romance Ramble: Women Who Read Romance Have Sex More Often | Science Is Good For Your Brain |

According to Psychology Today, romance novels to women are like porn to men.

They say women who read romance novels make love with their partners 74% more often than women who don't, have more fun in bed, and are more adventurous in bed.

Via Trish Jackson
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Reading romance can stimulate the erotic imagination, so this makes sense. Female sexuality remained hidden in romance novels for eons. I see evidence of this changing...

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Unplug to Recharge Your Brain

Unplug to Recharge Your Brain | Science Is Good For Your Brain |
Don't believe Woody Allen when he says the brain is his "second most favorite organ." Make it your favorite organ. Treat your brain as the creative, renewing center of your mind.

Via Susan Taylor
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The key to #8 is Enjoy GREAT sex. That's why I'm working on TantraXO this weekend. 

Susan Taylor's curator insight, December 18, 2013 8:00 PM

Frenzied?  Harried?  Drained?  Zapped?  That's the way most Americans feel these days.  We are way over the top over-stimulated.  The cure?  Unplug to recharge your brain


Matthew Edlund, M.D. gives us 8 helpful suggestions:


  1. Walk: Even 20-30 minutes allows new brain cells to grow
  2. Sleep at least 7-8 hours for optimum brain function
  3. Get out in Nature
  4. Get out of your comfort zone to boost creativity
  5. Use quick, active rest techniques
  6. Pay attention to your body clock
  7. Take breaks or you'll make mistakes
  8. Enjoy sex and grow more memory cells


"Treat your brain as the creative, wondrously renewing center of your mind and it will treat you well."  Change your brain...change your life.



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Neuroplasticity -

Neuroplasticity - | Science Is Good For Your Brain |
Let's talk about neuroplasticity -- the brain's capacity to change. What do you know about it? How do you apply it to your own life? Can you? How can it help w…
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This is such a powerful idea.

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Science Just Invented a Simple Way to Get Superhuman Vision — And It's Painless

Science Just Invented a Simple Way to Get Superhuman Vision — And It's Painless | Science Is Good For Your Brain |
Best. News. Ever.
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Science Says Coffee Is Really Good for You: The Daily Details

Science Says Coffee Is Really Good for You: The Daily Details | Science Is Good For Your Brain |
A New York Times review of scientific studies on caffeine found that coffee may help lower risk of liver cancer, liver disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Type 2 diabetes, as well as aid in preventing Alzheimer’s disease.
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After having a cup of freshly roasted coffee in #guatemala - it certainly helped my state of mind! Glad my liver approves!
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Good Storytelling--Why Your Brain Loves It

Good Storytelling--Why Your Brain Loves It | Science Is Good For Your Brain |
Studying the neuroscience of compelling communication.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, October 29, 2014 2:13 PM

Article Link: 

Here is an Harvard Business Review (HBR) article from researcher Paul Zak with more information about the neuroscience behind why stories work so well.

Zak explains the latest they have found in their brain research on storytelling. It's good stuff! And we now know more about what stories produce in the brain.

LOL -- we've known storytelling works because it's been around for 100,000 years. Now science can tell us why. And now when I work with clients I often have to start with the science of storytelling so people will accept that storytelling works. This just goes to prove Zak's point that we always want to know the "why" before taking action!

Enjoy reading about the latest insights on the neuroscience of storytelling.

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at 

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Upgrade Your Brain: Resources for Coding Beginners - TNW

Upgrade Your Brain: Resources for Coding Beginners - TNW | Science Is Good For Your Brain |
To make it in the tech economy, you should have some understanding of the code that builds the digital world around you.

Via John Evans
José Antônio Carlos - O Professor Pepe's curator insight, September 25, 2014 8:16 AM

Programação, uma habilidade em alta.

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'Science is science,' says frustrated Obama on climate change ...

'Science is science,' says frustrated Obama on climate change ... | Science Is Good For Your Brain |
“Science is science.” That's how President Barack Obama sums up climate change in an interview with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, which was printed in the Times on Sunday and will air on Showtime's ...
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The Neurocritic: And the DARPA deep brain stimulation awards go to...

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The SUBNETS program seeks to reduce the severity of neuropsychological illness in service members and veterans by developing closed-loop therapies that incorporate recording and analysis of brain activity with ...
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Why Positive Encouragement Works Better Than Criticism

Why Positive Encouragement Works Better Than Criticism | Science Is Good For Your Brain |

Positive emotions generally work in an opposite way to negative emotions. So, while emotions like fear, anxiety, stress and anger narrow our focus, inhibit our concentration and decrease our cognitive abilities, positive emotions can do the opposite. When we’re feeling upbeat and happy, we’re more likely to have an inclusive focus than a self-centered outlook, and to perform better on cognitively demanding tasks.

Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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In Relationships - Cortisol never works for bonding! Here's why.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, January 21, 2014 5:02 PM

By focusing on positive interactions with your employees and encouraging an upbeat emotional state as often as possible, you’ll be more likely to have a happy, productive and efficient team.

Ann Dixon's curator insight, February 20, 2014 11:13 AM

Positive reinforcements = always best 

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8 Common Mistakes in How Our Brains Think and How to Prevent Them - Belle Beth Cooper

8 Common Mistakes in How Our Brains Think and How to Prevent Them - Belle Beth Cooper | Science Is Good For Your Brain |

Get ready to have your mind blown.


I was seriously shocked at some of these mistakes in thinking that I subconsciously make all the time. Obviously, none of them are huge, life-threatening mistakes, but they are really surprising and avoiding them could help us to make more rational, sensible decisions.


Being aware of the mistakes we naturally have in our thinking can make a big difference in avoiding them. Unfortunately, most of these occur subconsciously, so it will also take time and effort to avoid them—if you even want to.


Regardless, I think it’s fascinating to learn more about how we think and make decisions every day, so let’s take a look at some of these thinking habits we didn’t know we had.


1. We surround ourselves with information that matches our beliefs

We tend to like people who think like us. If we agree with someone’s beliefs, we’re more likely to be friends with them. While this makes sense, it means that we subconsciously begin to ignore or dismiss anything that threatens our world views, since we surround ourselves with people and information that confirm what we already think.


This is called confirmation bias. If you’ve ever heard of the frequency illusion, this is very similar. The frequency illusion occurs when you buy a new car, and suddenly you see the same car everywhere. Or when a pregnant woman suddenly notices other pregnant women all over the place. It’s a passive experience, where our brains seek out information that’s related to us, but we believe there’s been an actual increase in the frequency of those occurrences.


Confirmation bias is a more active form of the same experience. It happens when we proactively seek out information that confirms our existing beliefs.


Not only do we do this with the information we take in, but we approach our memories this way, as well. In an experiment in 1979 at the University of Minnesota, participants read a story about a women called Jane who acted extroverted in some situations and introverted in others. When the participants returned a few days later, they were divided into two groups. One group was asked if Jane would be suited to a job as a librarian, the other group were asked about her having a job as a real-estate agent. The librarian group remembered Jane as being introverted and later said that she would not be suited to a real-estate job. The real-estate group did the exact opposite: they remembered Jane as extroverted, said she would be suited to a real-estate job and when they were later asked if she would make a good librarian, they said no.


In 2009, a study at Ohio State showed that we will spend 36 percent more time reading an essay if it aligns with our opinions. "Whenever your opinions or beliefs are so intertwined with your self-image you couldn’t pull them away without damaging your core concepts of self, you avoid situations which may cause harm to those beliefs." – David McRaney


This trailer for David McRaney’s book, You are Now Less Dumb, explains this concept really well with a story about how people used to think geese grew on trees (seriously), and how challenging our beliefs on a regular basis is the only way to avoid getting caught up in the confirmation bias:


2. We believe in the “swimmer’s body” illusion


This has to be one of my favorite thinking mistakes I came across. In Rolf Dobelli’s book, The Art of Thinking Clearly, he explains how our ideas about talent and extensive training are well off-track: "Professional swimmers don’t have perfect bodies because they train extensively. Rather, they are good swimmers because of their physiques. How their bodies are designed is a factor for selection and not the result of their activities."


The “swimmer’s body illusion” occurs when we confuse selection factors with results. Another good example is top performing universities: are they actually the best schools, or do they choose the best students, who do well regardless of the school’s influence?


What really jumped out at me when researching this section was this particular line from Dobelli’s book: "Without this illusion, half of advertising campaigns would not work."


It makes perfect sense, when you think about it. If we believed that we were predisposed to be good at certain things (or not), we wouldn’t buy into ad campaigns that promised to improve our skills in areas where it’s unlikely we’ll ever excel.


3. We worry about things we’ve already lost


No matter how much I pay attention to the sunk cost fallacy, I still naturally gravitate towards it.


The term sunk cost refers to any cost (not just monetary, but also time and effort) that has been paid already and cannot be recovered. So, a payment of time or money that’s gone forever, basically.


The reason we can’t ignore the cost, even though it’s already been paid, is that we wired to feel loss far more strongly than gain. Psychologist Daniel Kahneman explains this in his book, Thinking Fast and Slow: "Organisms that placed more urgency on avoiding threats than they did on maximizing opportunities were more likely to pass on their genes. So, over time, the prospect of losses has become a more powerful motivator on your behavior than the promise of gains. The sunk cost fallacy plays on this tendency of ours to emphasize loss over gain."


This research study is a great example of how it works: Hal Arkes and Catehrine Blumer created an experiment in 1985 which demonstrated your tendency to go fuzzy when sunk costs come along. They asked subjects to assume they had spent $100 on a ticket for a ski trip in Michigan, but soon after found a better ski trip in Wisconsin for $50 and bought a ticket for this trip too. They then asked the people in the study to imagine they learned the two trips overlapped and the tickets couldn’t be refunded or resold. Which one do you think they chose, the $100 good vacation, or the $50 great one?

Over half of the people in the study went with the more expensive trip. It may not have promised to be as fun, but the loss seemed greater.


So, just like the other mistakes I’ve explained in this post, the sunk cost fallacy leads us to miss or ignore the logical facts presented to us, and instead make irrational decisions based on our emotions—without even realizing we’re doing so:


The fallacy prevents you from realizing the best choice is to do whatever promises the better experience in the future, not which negates the feeling of loss in the past.


Being such a subconscious reaction, it’s hard to avoid this one. Our best bet is to try to separate the current facts we have from anything that happened in the past. For instance, if you buy a movie ticket only to realize the movie is terrible, you could either:

a) stay and watch the movie, to “get your money’s worth” since you’ve already paid for the ticket (sunk cost fallacy)

b) leave the cinema and use that time to do something you’ll actually enjoy.

The thing to remember is this: you can’t get that investment back. It’s gone.


Don’t let it cloud your judgement in whatever decision you’re making in this moment—let it remain in the past.


4. We incorrectly predict odds


Imagine you’re playing Heads or Tails with a friend. You flip a coin, over and over, each time guessing whether it will turn up heads or tails. You have a 50/50 chance of being right each time.


Now suppose you’ve flipped the coin five times already and it’s turned up heads every time. Surely, surely, the next one will be tails, right? The chances of it being tails must be higher now, right?

Well, no. The chances of tails turning up are 50/50. Every time. Even if you turned up heads the last twenty times. The odds don’t change.


The gambler’s fallacy is a glitch in our thinking—once again, we’re proven to be illogical creatures. The problem occurs when we place too much weight on past events, believing that they will have an effect on future outcomes (or, in the case of Heads or Tails, any weight, since past events make absolutely no difference to the odds).


Unfortunately, gambling addictions in particular are also affected by a similar mistake in thinking—the positive expectation bias. This is when we mistakenly think that eventually, our luck has to change for the better. Somehow, we find it impossible to accept bad results and give up—we often insist on keeping at it until we get positive results, regardless of what the odds of that happening actually are.


5. We rationalize purchases we don’t want


I’m as guilty of this as anyone. How many times have you gotten home after a shopping trip only to be less than satisfied with your purchase decisions and started rationalizing them to yourself? Maybe you didn’t really want it after all, or in hindsight you thought it was too expensive. Or maybe it didn’t do what you hoped, and was actually useless to you.


Regardless, we’re pretty good at convincing ourselves that those flashy, useless, badly thought-out purchases are necessary after all. This is known as post-purchase rationalization or Buyer’s Stockholm Syndrome.


The reason we’re so good at this comes back to psychology: Social psychologists say it stems from the principle of commitment, our psychological desire to stay consistent and avoid a state of cognitive dissonance.


Cognitive dissonance is the discomfort we get when we’re trying to hold onto two competing ideas or theories. For instance, if we think of ourselves as being nice to strangers, but then we see someone fall over and don’t stop to help them, we would then have conflicting veiws about ourselves: we are nice to strangers, but we weren’t nice to the stranger who fell over. This creates so much discomfort that we have to change our thinking to match our actions—i.e. we start thinking of ourselves as someone who is not nice to strangers, since that’s what our actions proved.


So in the case of our impulse shopping trip, we would need to rationalize the purchases until we truly believe we needed to buy those things, so that our thoughts about ourselves line up with our actions (making the purchases).

The tricky thing in avoiding this mistake is that we generally act before we think, leaving us to rationalize our actions afterwards.


Being aware of this mistake can help us avoid it by predicting it before taking action—for instance, as we’re considering a purchase, we often know that we will have to rationalize it to ourselves later. If we can recognize this, perhaps we can avoid it. It’s not an easy one to tackle, though!


6. We make decisions based on the anchoring effect


Dan Ariely is a behavioural economist who gave one of my favorite TED talks ever about the irrationality of the human brain when it comes to making decisions.


He illustrates this particular mistake in our thinking superbly, with multiple examples. The anchoring effect essentially works like this: rather than making a decision based on pure value for investment (time, money, etc.), we factor in comparative value—that is, how much value an option offers when compared to another option.


Let’s look at some examples from Dan, to illustrate this effect in practice:

One example is an experiment that Dan conducted using two kinds of chocolates for sale in a booth: Hershey’s Kisses and Lindt Truffles. The Kisses were one penny each, while the Truffles were fifteen cents each. Considering the quality differences between the two kinds of chocolates and the normal prices of both items, the Truffles were a great deal, and the majority of visitors to the booth chose the Truffles.


For the next stage of his experiment, Dan offered the same two choices, but lowered the prices by one cent each. So now the Kisses were free, and the Truffles cost fourteen cents each. Of course, the Truffles are even more of a bargain now, but since the Kisses were free, most people chose those instead.


Your loss aversion system is always vigilant, waiting on standby to keep you from giving up more than you can afford to spare, so you calculate the balance between cost and reward whenever possible. – You Are Not So Smart

Another example Dan offers in his TED talk is when consumers are given holiday options to choose between. When given a choice of a trip to Rome, all expenses paid, or a similar trip to Paris, the decision is quite hard. Each city comes with its own food, culture and travel experiences that the consumer must choose between.


When a third option is added, however, such as the same Rome trip, but without coffee included in the morning, things change. When the consumer sees that they have to pay 2,50 euros for coffee in the third trip option, not only does the original Rome trip suddenly seem superior out of these two, it also seems superior to the Paris trip. Even though they probably hadn’t even considered whether coffee was included or not before the third option was added.


Here’s an even better example from another of Dan’s experiments:

Dan found this real ad for subscriptions to The Economist, and used it to see how a seemingly useless choice (like Rome without coffee) affects our decisions.


To begin with, there were three choices: subscribe to The Economist web version for $59, the print version for $125, or subscribe to both the print and web versions for $125. It’s pretty clear what the useless option is here. When Dan gave this form to 100 MIT students and asked them which option they would choose, 84% chose the combo deal for $125. 16% chose the cheaper, web-only option, and nobody chose the print-only option for $125.


Next, Dan removed the ‘useless’ print-only option which nobody wanted and tried the experiment with another group of 100 MIT students. This time, the majority chose the cheaper, web-only version, and the minority chose the combo deal. So even though nobody wanted the bad-value $125 print-only option, it wasn’t actually useless—in fact, it actually informed the decisions people made between the two other options by making the combo deal seem more valuable in relation.


This mistake is called the anchoring effect, because we tend to focus on a particular value and compare it to our other options, seeing the difference between values rather than the value of each option itself.


Eliminating the ‘useless’ options ourselves as we make decisions can help us choose more wisely. On the other hand, Dan says that a big part of the problem comes from simply not knowing our own preferences very well, so perhaps that’s the area we should focus on more, instead.


7. We believe our memories more than facts


Our memories are highly fallible and plastic. And yet, we tend to subconsciously favor them over objective facts. The availability heuristic is a good example of this. It works like this: Suppose you read a page of text and then you’re asked whether the page includes more words that end in “ing” or more words with “n” as the second-last letter. Obviously, it would be impossible for there to be more “ing” words than words with “n” as their penultimate letter (it took me a while to get that—read over the sentence again, carefully, if you’re not sure why that is).However, words ending in “ing” are easier to recall than words like hand, end, or and, which have “n” as their second-last letter, so we would naturally answer that there are more “ing” words.


What’s happening here is that we are basing our answer of probability (i.e. whether it’s probable that there are more “ing” words on the page) on how available relevant examples are (i.e. how easily we can recall them). Our troubles in recalling words with “n” as the second last letter make us think those words don’t occur very often, and we subconsciously ignore the obvious facts in front of us.


Although the availability heuristic is a natural process in how we think, two Chicago scholars have explained how wrong it can be:


Yet reliable statistical evidence will outperform the availability heuristic every time.

The lesson here? Whenever possible, look at the facts. Examine the data. Don’t base a factual decision on your gut instinct without at least exploring the data objectively first.


8. We pay more attention to stereotypes than we think


The funny thing about lots of these thinking mistakes is that they’re so ingrained, I had to think long and hard about why they’re mistakes at all! This one is a good example—it took me a while to understand how illogical this pattern of thinking is.

It’s another one that explains how easily we ignore actual facts:


The human mind is so wedded to stereotypes and so distracted by vivid descriptions that it will seize upon them, even when they defy logic, rather than upon truly relevant facts.

Here’s an example to illustrate the mistake, from researchers Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky:

In 1983 Kahneman and Tversky tested how illogical human thinking is by describing the following imaginary person: Linda is thirty-one years old, single, outspoken, and very bright. She majored in philosophy. As a student, she was deeply concerned with issues of discrimination and social justice, and also participated in antinuclear demonstrations.


The researchers asked people to read this description, and then asked them to answer this question: Which alternative is more probable?


1. Linda is a bank teller.

2. Linda is a bank teller and is active in the feminist movement.


Here’s where it can get a bit tricky to understand (at least, it did for me!)—If answer #2 is true, #1 is also true. This means that #2 cannot be the answer to the question of probability.


Unfortunately, few of us realize this, because we’re so overcome by the more detailed description of #2. Plus, as the earlier quote pointed out, stereotypes are so deeply ingrained in our minds that subconsciously apply them to others.


Roughly 85% of people chose option #2 as the answer.


Again, we see here how irrational and illogical we can be, even when the facts are seemingly obvious.


I love this quote from researcher Daniel Kahneman on the differences between economics and psychology: I was astonished. My economic colleagues worked in the building next door, but I had not appreciated the profound difference between our intellectual worlds. To a psychologist, it is self-evident that people are neither fully rational nor completely selfish, and that their tastes are anything but stable.


Clearly, it’s normal for us to be irrational and to think illogically, even though we rarely realize we’re doing it. Still, being aware of the pitfalls we often fall into when making decisions can help us to at least recognize them, if not avoid them.

Via Jim Manske, Jone Johnson Lewis
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This article is dense, but profound. Worth chomping on if you have some time. 

Sharrock's curator insight, October 4, 2013 11:14 AM

I can always use more explanations about fallacies and cognitive bias

Troy Crayton's curator insight, October 4, 2013 3:00 PM

Thank you for making us "aware" of this article, Duane....

donhornsby's curator insight, October 7, 2013 9:52 AM

(From the article): Clearly, it’s normal for us to be irrational and to think illogically, especially when language acts as a limitation to how we think, even though we rarely realize we’re doing it. Still, being aware of the pitfalls we often fall into when making decisions can help us to at least recognize them, if not avoid them.

Have you come across any other interesting mistakes we make in the way we think?

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There Is No Left Brain/Right Brain

There Is No Left Brain/Right Brain | Science Is Good For Your Brain |

You are hardly alone if you believe that humanity is divided into two great camps: the left-brain and the right-brain thinkers — those who are logical and analytical vs. those who are intuitive and creative. It seems to be natural law. Except it isn’t.

Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Susan Taylor
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Oops. I did it again. 

Susan Taylor's curator insight, December 3, 2013 6:49 PM

Wow!  This is news to me!  There is no Left Brain/Right Brain divide.


For as long as I can remember, human beings were either left-brain thinkers (rational and analytical) or right-brain thinkers (intuitive and creative).  Come to find out, that's not the case at all, and apparently scientists have known this for a very long time.


While the "left and right halves of the brain do function in some different ways, these differences are more subtle than is popularly believed."  In addition, the halves of the brain do not work in an isolated way.  Instead they work together as a whole system.  Finally, "people don't preferentially use one side or the other."


A brain myth busted!

Miguel Garcia's curator insight, December 30, 2013 5:16 PM


Eero Karvonen's curator insight, May 9, 2014 11:59 AM

Not left and right, but bottom and top…

Rescooped by Lawrence Lanoff from Amazing Science!

Hawking predicts uploading of the brain into a computer, but not with current technology

Hawking predicts uploading of the brain into a computer, but not with current technology | Science Is Good For Your Brain |

Prof. Hawking, the cosmologist, 71, said the brain operates in a similar way to a computer program, meaning it could in theory be kept running without a body to power it. He made these comments at the 33rd Cambridge Film Festival, featuring a special gala screening of Hawking presented by the documentary’s subject, Professor Stephen Hawking.

Asked about whether a person's consciousness can live on after they die, he said: "I think the brain is like a programme in the mind, which is like a computer, so it's theoretically possible to copy the brain onto a computer and so provide a form of life after death.

"However, this is way beyond out present capabilities. I think the conventional afterlife is a fairy tale for people afraid of the dark." The film tells the story of Prof Hawking's life, from his childhood in Oxford to his current home in Cambridge where he lives with the help of a group of carers.

Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
Lawrence Lanoff's insight:

It's facinating to think about - especially when it comes to thinking...

Carlos Garcia Pando's comment, December 26, 2013 11:50 AM
O.K. Assume we can upload it to a computer. How are we supposed to download it again to a living brain and body? That's the key for me.
Tomasz Śledzinski's curator insight, January 3, 2014 9:48 AM

Czy Hawkings ma racje co do transportowania mózgu człowieka na dysk?