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...but whatever your score, you likely felt the pull of the availability bias, a blindspot that tricks you into thinking that things that come to mind more easily are more frequent or true. Of course, this isn’t always the case... but our brains don’t seem to know that.

The availability bias influences how we evaluate all kinds of things, from mundane trivia to the most talked-about headlines.

So when you’re faced with an important decision in life or at work, remember to ask yourself: Is the information I'm using true or just more available? and then rely on real evidence to make your choice.

Outsmarting Human Minds is a project founded by Mahzarin Banaji, devoted to improving decision-making using insights from psychological science. "7 questions that will make you rethink what you know" was created by Olivia Kang, Kirsten Morehouse, Evan Younger, and Mahzarin Banaji. Support for Outsmarting Human Minds comes from PwC, Harvard University, and the Association for Psychological Science.