The Egocentric Bias: Why It’s Hard to See Things from a Different Perspective

  The egocentric bias is a cognitive bias that causes people to rely too heavily on their own point of view when they examine events in their life or when they try to see things from other people’s perspective. For example, if you do something embarrassing, the egocentric bias might cause you to overestimate the … Read moreThe Egocentric Bias: Why It’s Hard to See Things from a Different Perspective

The Familiarity Backfire Effect: Why Debunking a Myth Can Make People Believe It

  The familiarity backfire effect is a cognitive bias that causes people to remember a myth as true, after they are shown information which is meant to prove that it’s false. Since the familiarity backfire effect plays a crucial role in how people respond to refutations of pseudoscientific theories and conspiracies, it’s important to understand … Read moreThe Familiarity Backfire Effect: Why Debunking a Myth Can Make People Believe It

The Overkill Backfire Effect: on the Danger of Having Too Much Evidence

  The overkill backfire effect is a cognitive bias that causes people to reject arguments that they think are too complex, in favor of arguments that are easy for them to understand. Accounting for this bias is important, because it means that past a certain point, presenting additional evidence in support of your argument can … Read moreThe Overkill Backfire Effect: on the Danger of Having Too Much Evidence

Authority Bias: What We Can Learn from the Milgram Obedience Experiments

  The authority bias is the tendency to obey the orders of an authority figure, even when you strongly believe that there is something wrong with those orders. Experiments show that this tendency is much more powerful than most people assume, and in the following article you will learn how this bias affects people, and … Read moreAuthority Bias: What We Can Learn from the Milgram Obedience Experiments