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When “seeing” shouldn’t be “believing”: Illusions at work
A common expression tells us that “seeing is believing”. But sometimes there are illusions at work, whether we’re looking at checkerboards, human faces, or resumes. Luckily, there are ways we can debunk them.
The Pygmalion Effect
Expectations can be powerful. Even if they're never said out loud, the beliefs we carry in our minds can become self-fulfilling prophecies.
Most of us believe we can control what pieces of information influence our decisions. But when it comes down to it, can we? The Stroop Test suggests: No. Try it for yourself.
Who Are We Helping?
Humans help each other all the time. So what’s wrong with helping?
About Face: How First Impressions Fool Us
Our faces broadcast information about us: whether we’re smart, warm, trustworthy, and more. How do these signals influence decision-making – and are they accurate?
The Universe Inside Your Mind
An introduction by Mahzarin Banaji. 400 years ago, we began to explore the universe with simple tools, and it challenged our beliefs about our place in the universe. Are investigations of the universe inside our minds any different?