Archive for the 'Cognitive Psychology' Category

Raw Concepts: Cognitive Dissonance

Tweet The picture above has a good summary of cognitive dissonance. Another of my favorite definitions of cognitive dissonance appears in the book Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals About Our Everyday Deceptions by Stephen L. Macknick, Susana Martinez-Conde, and Sandra Blakesee, and will from now on be my go-to definition when [...]

The Limitations of Human Perception, Part 1

Tweet Let’s do a thought experiment. The point of it will become clearer in future posts, but for now bear with me. Imagine you went to another planet and met the natives there. By use of special machines, you were able to communicate with them. An interesting thing you realize about these natives is that [...]

Why We Have More Opportunity Than Our Parents Yet Are Less Happy

Tweet When speaking to friends ┬áin my age range or younger, I notice a common thread: the collector’s mentality. The compulsive need to accumulate experiences and things, and to collect friends and lovers, yet treat them as experiences and things rather than as people, or individuals in their own right. The need to travel to [...]

Perspective And Preconceptions Are Everything

Tweet This piece from The Onion is pretty old (1999), but it’s a classic: European Men Are So Much More Romantic Than American Men vs. American Women Studying In Europe Are Unbelievably Easy It’s humor, but like all good humor I think it teaches a valuable lesson on human nature.