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What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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Is public opinion rational?

Is public opinion rational? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
There is no shortage of misconceptions. The British public believes that for every £100 spent on benefits, £24 is claimed fraudulently (the actual figure is £0.70). We think that 31% of the populat...
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Takes a run at various economic myths that are widely believed (ie that a lot of money is lost on benefit fraud). The post is basically a review of the book "Sex, lies and the ballot box: 50 things you need to know about British elections".

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Out of Character: The Psychology of Good and Evil

Out of Character: The Psychology of Good and Evil | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
What Aristotle has to do with Tiger Woods and the story of the world.

The dichotomy of good and evil is as old as the story of the world,
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A Brain Picking's review of a book about good and evil and the difficulty of actually defining the boundary between the two.

Thanks for the hat tip, Tracey C.

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What the Dunning-Kruger effect is and isn't

What the Dunning-Kruger effect is and isn't | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
If you regularly read cognitive science or psychology blogs (or even just the lowly New York Times!), you've probably heard of something called the Dunning-Kruger effect. The Dunning-Kruger effect ...
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The Dunning-Kruger effects thinks it's sooooo good.

 

The article defines it as: "Rather, it’s that incompetent people think they’re much better than they actually are." which is quite a good working definition. Not that I would know...

 

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Jörgen Daniel's curator insight, November 23, 2015 4:29 PM

Volledig artikel over Dunning Kruger effect

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Review - Brain Bugs - Psychology

Review - Brain Bugs - Psychology | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Does Consciousness Cause Behavior?

Buonomano’s aim is to offer the reader a practical overview of a brain whose functioning and architecture, constrained by evolutionary history, lead to both desirable and flawed outcomes.

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Evidence based debunking

Fed up with futile internet arguments, a bunch of psychologists investigated how best to correct false ideas. Tom Stafford discovers how to debunk properly. We all resist changing our beliefs about...
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How to debunk arguments based on nonsense. But be careful of the 'backfire' effect...

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How Our Delusions Keep Us Sane: The Psychology of Our Essential Self-Enhancement Bias

How Our Delusions Keep Us Sane: The Psychology of Our Essential Self-Enhancement Bias | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

How evolution made the average person believe she is better in every imaginable way than the average person.

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Brain Pickings give a summary of how we delude ourselves whilst reviewing the book "You are now less dumb". This could be depressing unless you see it as a way to check your own behaviour. Includes discussion of self-enhancement illusion; superiority bias, optimism bias and my favourite, confirmation bias.

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Yissar's curator insight, September 14, 2014 5:32 AM

"Your wildly inaccurate self-evaluations get you through rough times and help motivate you when times are good. [Research shows] that people who are brutally honest with themselves are not as happy day to day as people with unrealistic assumptions about their abilities."

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A concise, solid grounding in neuroscience

A concise, solid grounding in neuroscience | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
I often get asked 'how can I avoid common misunderstandings in neuroscience' which I always think is a bit of an odd question because the answer is 'learn a lot about neuroscience'. This is easier ...
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How to avoid illusions in psychology...

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"Static is an illusion – everything is changing all the time and on many timescales – our bodies, our cities, our world.

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