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What is... psychology series

What Is… the Illusory Truth Effect

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the illusory truth effect. The illusory truth effect is a type of cognitive bias that makes us more likely to believe false information to be correct the more often we're exposed to it. It was first described… Continue reading What Is… the Illusory Truth Effect

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Psychology

Perceived vs. Objective Reality

Our minds play all kinds of tricks on us. We've got all kinds of cognitive biases that influence what we do with our thoughts, and our brains do interesting things with the what it picks up through our senses. There's a philosophical argument as to whether or not there is a truly objective reality, but… Continue reading Perceived vs. Objective Reality

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What is… Pluralistic Ignorance

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is pluralistic ignorance. Pluralistic ignorance is a type of social group bias in which members of a social group privately disagree with a certain belief or behaviour, but they publicly go along with what they perceive to be… Continue reading What is… Pluralistic Ignorance

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What Is… the Just World Fallacy

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the just world fallacy. Just world fallacy as cognitive bias The just world fallacy, also known as the just world hypothesis, is a common type of cognitive bias – a shortcut that the mind unconsciously takes when… Continue reading What Is… the Just World Fallacy

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What Is… a Cognitive Bias

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is cognitive bias. Do you think you're biased?  Well, your brain certainly is.  A cognitive biases is a type of shortcut your brain takes to make tasks easier and more automatic.  Sometimes that's helpful, but often it's not,… Continue reading What Is… a Cognitive Bias