bias

Is the World Going to Hell in a Hand Basket? — the Negativity Bias

Brief con­tact with a cock­roach will usu­al­ly ren­der a deli­cious meal ined­i­ble. [But] the inverse phenome-non—rendering a pile of cock­roach­es on a plat­ter edi­ble by con­tact with one’s favorite food—is unheard of. 1 Why does our media con­stant­ly report on the neg­a­tive aspects of our soci­ety, with only a short…

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Why did that per­son just run that red light? They obvi­ous­ly don’t know how to dri­ve.’ We hear it all the time, the ten­den­cy to attribute mal­ice or incom­pe­tence to anoth­er indi­vid­ual or group, when if it was us doing the action it would be mere­ly an acci­dent: ‘I just did­n’t…

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