Author Archives: Kris Nelson

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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The Power of Unbecoming, Apophasis and Wei Wu Wei – Empower Yourself to Change, and Change the World!

New Years brings a focus on change. Doing something new. But, what if there was actually more power, not in doing something new, but in stopping to do something old that you are currently doing? There are many injustices, wrongdoings and immoralities in the world. Many things that are wrong are being supported by many of us, even if we’re […]

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