• What is Self-Serving Bias? Examples, Definition, and Experiments

    Self-serving bias is where people have a strong tendency to feel positive events in their life were the result of their own hard work, whereas negative events were caused by something out of their control.

    I’ll make you a bet.

    I bet you feel:

    You’re better at your job than most co-workers You’re a nicer person than the general public You’re probably more intelligent than a lot of your friends You’re at least more attractive than average That you can even drive better than most, too

     

    And if you don’t agree—what, do you think you’re more honest than most people too?…

  • Why Silver Medal Winners Oddly Appear So Upset

    “Our minds are filled with a ton of little glitches that make it hard to enjoy the great things that we have.” — Dr. Laurie Santos

    You’re 14, just starting out high school, and have some very big dreams. Every day you wake up and can only think of one thing — standing on the Olympic podium holding a delicious gold medal.

    You know it’s not real gold. It’s 92.5% silver with only 6 grams of the real stuff coating the outside.…

  • The Monty Hall Problem Easy Explanation

    “Logic is in the eye of the logician.” — Gloria Steinem

    Oh boy, do we ever like proving ourselves to be right. After all, it’s what fuels social media and our ever-rising disdain for each other. But it’s not just politics and cultural issues that drive us to rage against the human machine, even simple non-consequential hypotheticals can do it, too.

    Case in point:

    The advice columnist Ann Landers once received over 15,000 letters after jestingly stating which side toilet paper should hang on (it’s over, by the way).…
  • The 27 Emotions List: What Recent Science Says We Feel

     

    “I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.”― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

    When talking about social media, politics, and $30 Starbucks coffees, we often feel a familiar combination of disgust and anger. But a study in 2017 came to the conclusion we have far more emotions despite what our modern internet age tells us.

    In 2017, two researchers from the University of California, Berkely, Alan S.…

  • The Wason Selection Task: Over 90% of People Get This Simple Logic Test Wrong

    “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” — Albert Einstein

    Some days the cards just seem to fall in the right order. Today is probably not that day for you. At least, according to the results of a simple test devised by the renowned psychologist Peter Cathcart Wason.

    His field of study?

    Why we humans consistently make the same mistakes when confronted with logical solutions. If you’ve ever heard of the term “confirmation bias,” this was the dude who coined it in the first place.…

  • The Protégé Effect: How to Learn by Teaching

     

    “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”-Albert Einstein

    The protege effect is a well-known psychological phenomenon that states teaching other people a subject helps a person learn that subject more effectively in the first place. And that’s not all, if the effect is true, it can help people who are preparing to teach—or even pretending to, too!

    Probably the best example is to think of a typical college student studying for exams. If that student were to partner up with a classmate and take turns teaching each other the material on an upcoming exam, chances are, they’d perform vastly better.…