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Errors in perceiving, remembering, and thinking.
Ira Hyman Ph.D.
Humans are lousy drivers. We get distracted and bored. We drive when we’re tired and drunk. Maybe the robots and self-driving cars can save us from ourselves. Or maybe not.
Some places seem haunted, not by ghosts but by the past and our memories.
Do you worry about rumors? Are you concerned about fake news? False information might change other people. Of course, you’re immune, aren’t you?
If you have a relative with Alzheimer’s, you’ve probably experienced conversational loops. A topic comes once and within a few minutes, you're back to it again, stuck on repeat.
What if a college education makes things worse? Should we worry about the value of education in the post-truth world?
Sometimes we get caught telling a whopper. And sometimes, our whopper may not actually be a lie. How should you respond?
How we rewrite and romanticize memories of protests.
I love football. I played when I was young. I appreciate the beautiful ballet of violence. But I wonder if I should boycott the sport.
When the Nazis, KKK, and white supremacists march in your town, should you go to the counter-protest?
Have you used autopilot when driving? I don’t mean a self-driving car; I mean those times when you space out for a moment, your mind wanders, and your autopilot keeps you moving.
Have you seen them at the parks and in the coffee shops? Parents hypnotized by their phones and computers; unaware of what their children are doing. What happens to those children?
Bureaucrats have minds. Really. Nevertheless, they frequently display theory of mind failures – an ability they should have developed as preschoolers.
Impulse shopping. I walk into the store with a shopping list, but come out with things that were not on my list. Is there any hope? Maybe your cell phone can save the day.
Nonetheless, science is embroiled in politics. Why is science so controversial, and why are the scientists planning a big march?
Can anyone become a monster? We like to think that only unusual and horrible people do evil things. But what if anyone, even a basically good person, will perform evil actions?
When you quietly agree with the statements of a group, how does conforming change you? Can you retain your original views? Does conforming alter the way you see the world?
Does the truth matter to you? No one likes being lied to, or at least that is what we say. But the truth is that we seem to like some lies.
Does anyone ever notice the work you do? Think about your unnoticed housework. All of those dishes washed and all of that laundry folded. Will anyone ever notice?
Memories can hide and wait. The election has provided a moment for sexual harassment and assault memories to return to awareness and become part of a national conversation.
Donald Trump is easily the most unusual and risky presidential candidate I’ve seen in my life. And that may be a winning strategy in this year’s election.
Alzheimer’s disease slowly and invariably steals a person’s past. But we may be able to create environments that help recall it.
We have an infestation of Pokémon on my campus and in my community. Have you seen any Pokémon lurking around your home, at work, in parks, or on the streets near you?
Was the Orlando mass shooting a terrorist attack or a hate crime? How we think about and describe the massacre matters. It really matters.
Problem solutions like to play hide and seek. We seek. And they hide. The harder we search, the more they hide. Here are 3 steps to help you find creative solutions.
Money can’t buy happiness and it can’t buy love. But what if it’s a myth. What if there are ways in which your money can make you happy?
Do you remember the first time you met your partner? Was it love at first sight?
Students frequently express frustration when reviewing tests. They see the correct answer and wonder how they missed it. They knew that one. But did they really?
Have you heard the latest? When we hear rumors, we make guesses and draw conclusions. But can we correct our mistaken beliefs when we receive more accurate information?
Why is Donald Trump still leading the polls in the republican presidential race? The pundits keep expecting him to crash and burn. Try a high risk gamble at the Trump casino.
Politicians lie. They also exaggerate and misremember. Each creates an autobiographical past that makes a great story but which probably isn’t completely true. But we are just like the lying politicians except for one critical difference.
Ira E. Hyman, Jr., Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at Western Washington University.