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Gambler’s Fallacy

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Gambler’s Fallacy You see the lottery numbers. Some of them haven’t shown up for some time, so you go and play those numbers, believing that there is a greater chance of winning. Well, there is not, you are just victim of the Gambler’s Fallacy. You are at the supermarket, you are waiting on the line, and you see the line near you going faster. You consider changing lines, but after that...

Αποτελέσματα Έρευνας Confirmatiοn Bias

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Τα αποτελέσματα του πειράματος για το Confirmation Bias, στο οποίο συμμετείχαν 212 άτομα. Το πείραμα αυτό διεξήχθη απο έναν Άγγλο ψυχολόγο τον Peter Wason το 1960. Σκοπός του πειράματος είναι να μελετήσουμε την ισχύ και επιρροή του confirmation bias.

Halo effect extended

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*This is the extended version of the article, if you are bored, or in a hurry, or you have to feed your dog, check the short version here. Halo effect Think about Hugh Grant. He seems like a nice guy, always starring in romantic movies, he appears to be a romantic heart, a man every woman would want to have. You assume he must be a generous guy, a trustworthy  loving husband who would be the...

Halo Effect

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Halo effect Imagine Hugh Grant. He seems a nice guy, always playing in romantic movies, he seems to be a romantic heart, a person every woman would want to have. You imagine that he must be a generous guy, a trustworthy loving husband who would be the perfect man for a woman. But the reality is quite different. Ηe cheated on his previous wife, and he has a,  not so quite stable personal life...

Effective reading, how to master it.

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Most of us know how to read. If the case were different, you’d be memorizing the alphabet, not browsing an article about the effectiveness of reading. But what exactly does “reading” mean? What differentiates the good from the bad reader? Do all books require the same amount of time and effort to be read ? How to master effective reading? To answer the above questions, we must...

Confirmation Bias

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Confirmation Bias in everyday life. Have you ever been to a discussion wondering “How do these people believe that, haven’t they read the news?” or “How do you say that, just google it and you will see that things are not like that.” The chances are that most probably you’ve previously been in such a situation. This discussion could be about everything, from politics and religion to who is the...

As our Eyes and Senses Deceive us, so does our Mind

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Another part of the website is the execution of experiments, with emphasis on social experiments. Why am I doing this? I though that on one hand this is an active learning process; thinking, designing, conducting the experiment and then analyzing the results would help me remember a particular part of knowledge. On the other hand, in combination with the Open Minds (serious Think Tank based in...

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