There are many temptations to organize our life around the experience of earlier trauma. But that may short-change the future—which starts by our envisioning something better.
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Errors in perceiving, remembering, and thinking.
Ira Hyman Ph.D.
When we search the past, whether our own memories or the historical record, we open ourselves to a variety of cognitive biases.
Out, damned spot. Lady Macbeth’s famous line concerns seeing the blood of a murdered man on her hands. But stains are hard to remove from our minds.
Are you an expert in multitasking? Do you regularly track multiple things? What does it mean to become good at multitasking?
This coming Monday, the alarm will call for you an hour earlier than last week. Less sleep is a brutal shock to the system.
Face recognition is a holistic process, and we see faces as relationships among the features rather than simply a set of features.
What should we do when an expert witness provides incorrect information?
Be angry at rabbit holes, not people who fall into rabbit holes.
Do you feel like you’re constantly in the spotlight, with everyone staring at you? Or are you invisible?
Halloween approaches and there are zombies everywhere. I’m wondering: How do you kill a zombie?
I like knobs. Knobs for controlling things. And I have concerns about the increasing use of touch screens in cars. Let me explain why knobs are easier, faster, and safer.
Telling partial truths is an effective way to lie. How does it affect us?
Some people report continuing "brain fog" after recovering from COVID. One new study provides evidence.
Conspiracy theories are rampant. There is a single person who is most likely to get you to accept a conspiracy theory. Who is this villain?
Removing false memories is difficult even when we know they're not true.
Who lives, who dies, who tells the stories in your family? Is the narrator in your family or set of friends changing the way you remember your life?
One year. What can you remember from one year of the Covid pandemic? Are your memories clear and complete? Or is everything a blur? Are your days blending together?
Is it the camera or your mind that biases the view of snowflakes?
Where’s my pitchfork? Bring the tar and feathers. GameStop is a story of how people work to punish unfair bullies, even if they risk hurting themselves.
Disinformation campaigns are dangerous. People become convinced of false information, and act on it. But there is hope. We can disrupt disinformation.
Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities. This is the risk of leaving people unprotected from internet disinformation campaigns.
It isn’t all my fault. It isn’t your fault. The problems in the world are not completely our personal responsibilities. Recognizing this allows us to treat people with kindness.
We may love hearing and singing holiday songs, but often hate holiday music, too.
Sometimes a virus spreads as an aerosol through the air. And sometimes a virus spreads through political misinformation. COVID does both.
All the witnesses agree that the police failed to announce themselves before breaking down Breonna Taylor’s door and killing her. Except for one witness. Is his report a false memory?
My mom died this month. Alone. Like thousands of other seniors, Covid isolation contributed to her decline and death.
Misinformation is winning the internet wars. The truth is lost under a tidal wave of false and misleading information.
What comes to mind when you think about COVID-19? Statistics, news stories, political claims? Or do you think about a friend who caught the coronavirus and developed COVID?
Screening tests of cognitive decline are in the news. Let's consider what these tests do and do not measure.
What do you do when someone says or posts something biased? Do you ignore it? Do you talk to them in private? Do you say something in public?
Were you sick sometime in the last several months? Did you have a cold or the flu? Maybe now you’re wondering if you actually had COVID-19.
Ira E. Hyman, Jr., Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at Western Washington University.