Understanding Bias: Applying knowledge

You and a partner will choose 1 of the established biases below. Detailed descriptions of each can be found on the amazing website of the DECISION LAB think tank; an organization with the aim of using behavioural science to make things better

Step 1: Chose 1 of the following Biases to learn about:

***Ikea Effect ***Cognitive Dissonance
***Confirmation Bias ***Availability Heuristic
***Halo Effect ***Bandwagon Effect
***Anchoring ***Self-Serving Bias

Step 2: Prepare a short presentation in accordance with the assignment linked HERE in which you’ll teach the class about your bias.

Click HERE for link to Evaluation RUBRIC !

How Does Emotion Affect Cognition?

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Flash Bulb Memories:

One of the effects of emotion on cognition that we’ll study is the phenomena of “Flash Bulb Memories” The idea was first put forth by Brown and Kulik in 1977.  

Download the PDF below to better understand Flash Bulb Memories and research into them. I’ve highlighted key areas of interest as well as written a note or two about some critical thinking ideas to ponder!

FlashBulb Memory Explained

Understanding Socio Cultural Impacts on Cognition

Download the Learning Helper below and use the articles linked below to facilitate your understanding of the ways in which culture can affect our cognition:

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University of Michigan research on the perceptual differences of Americans and Japanese: 

http://www.nytimes.com/library/national/science/health/080800hth-behavior-culture.html

Research on how language can affect cognition: 

http://boingboing.net/2011/08/12/how-language-affects-color-perception.html

Research on how Language affects cognition, but in a contextual sense..great comparison to Nesbitt studies: 

http://pss.sagepub.com/content/26/4/518

Laymen’s Explanation (abstract above):

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/how-the-language-you-speak-changes-your-view-of-the-world-10212854.html

Thinking in a foreign Language helps economic decision making!!

http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2012/04/25/thinking-foreign-language-helps-economic-decision-making

Cross Cultural Analysis of Happiness!! YAY!

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