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9 08, 2023

Self-Serving bias: Why you think nothing is your fault

By |2023-08-11T16:28:40+02:00August 9th, 2023|Curiosity|0 Comments

How often are you blamed for things which are not your fault? Or get credit for the good things which only happened thanks to you? While in some cases people may really get negative feedback which was completely not their fault, often there is more nuance involved, where the person may not accept their responsibility. [...]

27 07, 2023

Planning fallacy: Why we are so bad at predicting how long something will take

By |2023-08-08T11:30:13+02:00July 27th, 2023|Curiosity|0 Comments

The Sydney Opera house is one of the most iconic buildings in the world. I had the pleasure of living there for a while, and it always took my breath away. But did you know that it is one of the best examples of a project going over time and budget? Construction was originally planned [...]

24 07, 2023

Pygmalion effect: The self-fulfilling prophecy

By |2023-07-20T11:18:14+02:00July 24th, 2023|Curiosity|0 Comments

The expectations we put on people can have a direct impact on their performance. Often, and authority figure placing higher expectations on someone, like a teacher having high expectations for a student, or a manager having high expectations for an employee, can result in both the authority figure and the person in question changing their [...]

21 07, 2023

What impact does time pressure have on creativity?

By |2023-07-11T11:01:14+02:00July 21st, 2023|Curiosity|0 Comments

Diamonds are formed under pressure There are numerous examples of companies who allowed staff to take time to work on their own innovations and creative ideas. Companies such as AT&T's Bell Labs (leading to the transistor and the laser), 3M allowing people to have 15% of their time to work on projects of personal interest [...]

17 07, 2023

It takes 23 minutes to regain focus after a distraction: Task Switching

By |2023-07-07T13:03:24+02:00July 17th, 2023|Curiosity|0 Comments

Do you ever get to the end of a working day only to become frustrated that you were unable to complete any of your work? Chances are, you may have become distracted or interrupted at some point. Either from a colleague stopping or sending you a quick message ... ... or hearing someone talk about [...]

12 07, 2023

Normalcy Bias: Why companies don’t react in a disaster

By |2023-07-04T16:57:41+02:00July 12th, 2023|Curiosity|1 Comment

How is it possible that so many companies fail to react while they are being disrupted? It may come down to a cognitive bias called the Normalcy bias. The normalcy bias is the tendency of people to ignore the probability of a large negative event or a disaster happening to them, just because it has [...]

10 07, 2023

Naïve realism: Why you think other people’s views are wrong

By |2023-07-04T16:18:54+02:00July 10th, 2023|Curiosity|0 Comments

Can you know the truth? What if someone else's truth is different from yours? Who is right or wrong? It might seem like a simple question, but humans are inherently bad at putting themselves in the perspective of other people. One of the cognitive biases which drives this is something called naïve realism. According to [...]

5 07, 2023

Information Bias: Paralysis by Analysis

By |2023-06-29T10:58:05+02:00July 5th, 2023|Curiosity|0 Comments

Sometimes, having more information will not make your decisions any better. Yet many people panic before making any decision, and want to keep gathering more data and information before they feel "ready" to make the correct choices. This is often referred to as analysis paralysis. And one of the cognitive biases which may underpin it [...]

3 07, 2023

Hyperbolic Discounting: Why we choose things for now even if a better long-term option exists

By |2023-06-29T10:26:53+02:00July 3rd, 2023|Curiosity|1 Comment

Which would you prefer? Getting one dollar today, or three dollars tomorrow? According to research, individuals and companies often choose options that give them a small gain in the short term, when if they were to wait a bit longer they would receive more. This is due to a cognitive bias known as hyperbolic discounting. [...]