Organic label makes food tast better, healthier

April 10, 2011

Halo effect – just labeling food makes it taste better, healthier

Few persons care to study logic…

October 14, 2010

“Few persons care to study logic, because everybody conceives himself to be proficient enough in the art of reasoning already. But I observe that this satisfaction is limited to one’s own ratiocination, and does not extend to that of other men.”
—   Peirce, “The Fixation of Belief”, Popular Science Monthly 12 (November 1877), pp. 1-15.

How facts backfire

July 14, 2010

More on confirmation bias.  The more we know about it, it seems, the worse it gets.

How facts backfire

Researchers discover a surprising threat to democracy: our brains

By Joe Keohane

July 11, 2010

More on confirmation bias

July 4, 2010

‘When presented with unwelcome scientific evidence, it seems, in a desperate attempt to retain some consistency in their world view, people would rather conclude that science in general is broken.”

If it’s easy to read, it’s easy to do, pretty, good, and true

January 29, 2010

Hyunjin Song and Norbert Schwarz describe some fascinating findings on how fluency affects judgement, choice and processing style

You’re biased, I’m not

October 5, 2009

We’re biased to think that we are less prone to biases than others.

Three studies suggest that individuals see the existence and operation of cognitive and motivational biases much more in others than in themselves. Study 1 provides evidence fromthree surveys that people rate themselves as less subject to various biases than the “average American,” classmates in a seminar, and fellow airport travelers. Data from the third survey further suggest that such claims arise from the interplay among availability biases and self-enhancement motives. Participants in one follow-up study who showed the better-than-average bias insisted that their self-assessments were accurate and objective even after reading a description of how they could have been affected by the relevant bias. Participants in a final study reported their peer’s self-serving attributions regarding test performance to be biased but their own similarly self-serving attributions to be free of bias. The relevance of these phenomena to naïve realism and to conflict, misunderstanding, and dispute resolution is discussed.

Brand Power

September 21, 2009

“We Japanese have a weakness for brands,” said Ryuko Nishimura, 43, a homemaker from Kuroishi, a three-hour drive away. “It makes the tuna taste two or three times more delicious.”