The Value-Action Gap: Why People Fail to Follow Through on Commitments

  The value-action gap is a psychological phenomenon where people act in a manner that is inconsistent with their values. For example, a prevalent value-action gap exists between the way people feel about environmental issues and the way they act when given a chance to address those issues. Specifically, while most people say that they … Read moreThe Value-Action Gap: Why People Fail to Follow Through on Commitments

The Gambler’s Fallacy: On the Danger of Misunderstanding Simple Probabilities

  The gambler’s fallacy is the mistaken belief that the likelihood of a certain independent event occuring in the future depends on past events, which don’t influence it in reality. For example, the gambler’s fallacy might cause someone to believe that if a coin just landed on heads twice in a row, then it’s “due” … Read moreThe Gambler’s Fallacy: On the Danger of Misunderstanding Simple Probabilities

A Guide to Debiasing: How to Mitigate Cognitive Biases in Yourself and in Others

  Cognitive biases affect various areas of our life, from the way we interact with people to the way that we form our political opinions. Since these biases cause us to think and act in an irrational manner, their influence can be detrimental, so it’s important to learn how to mitigate them. In the following … Read moreA Guide to Debiasing: How to Mitigate Cognitive Biases in Yourself and in Others

Learned Helplessness: How to Stop Feeling Like Everything is Out of Your Control

  Learned helplessness is mindset which is acquired when someone experiences a repeated negative reaction to their actions, in a way that causes them to believe them that their attempts will always fail, so they should never even try to succeed in the first place. This kind of thinking has a powerful psychological impact, and can … Read moreLearned Helplessness: How to Stop Feeling Like Everything is Out of Your Control

Rosy Retrospection and Declinism: Why the Past Looks Great and the Future Is Frightening

  Rosy retrospection is a cognitive bias that causes people to remember past events as being more positive than they were in reality. Because this means that the past often looks better than it really was, the future can sometimes appear bleak in comparison. As such, rosy retrospection is associated with declinism, which is the … Read moreRosy Retrospection and Declinism: Why the Past Looks Great and the Future Is Frightening

How to Be Innovative: on the Untapped Potential of Obscure Features

  Coming up with innovative solutions is hard. Most people assume that being innovative is a fixed personality trait, so that you either have it or you don’t. However, research shows that while personality does play a role, innovation is something that can be taught, even to people who think that they have no natural aptitude … Read moreHow to Be Innovative: on the Untapped Potential of Obscure Features