Category Archives: Consciousness

Standing Up and Standing Out – The Fear of Ostracism is Worse than Death

The fear of being disliked, not accepted, rejected, shunned, ostracized or expelled from your social connectivity or relationships with others, is a strong motivator to not do certain things. sourceWe don’t steal others lives, sexual selection, personal safety, or property in order to maximize of cooperative survival advantage. We do this mostly because they help us survive, and because they […]

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Cheerleader Effect – Cognitive Biases (Pt.12)

The cheerleader effect, or group-attractiveness effect, is a tendency to value appearances based on a comparative assessment with the surroundings. Certain traits will appear more attractive due to the perceived amplification from contrast. When looked at individually they no longer get the contrasting cheerleader effect. Surprisingly, this is a new term, from a 2008 “How I Met Your Mother” episode, […]

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Do we always know what is going on in our minds?

Our brain and overall consciousness, has an uncanny ability to work through data, connect relevant pieces, and figure things out. What’s more, is that most of this work is done without any conscious involvement. Consciousness as a whole, includes the active conscious and the passive unconscious processing capacities that allow us to be with-knowledge, i.e con-science, con-scious, con-sciousness. Much of […]

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Detecting Misinformation Improves Memory Recall and Life

Misinformation (falsity) about an event that is accepted as truth makes it more difficult to recall the original details of the event as they actually happened. The falsity is the accepted visible reality, while the underlying details are covered over. sourceThis is the misinformation effect, where recall of the memories of an event become less accurate because of post-event information, […]

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