The study examined how overconfidence affects the public’s understanding of science.
The usual advice is to avoid thought suppression to get rid of intrusive thoughts, but this study finds the technique can work.
From mind blanks and mind wandering to precrastination, through self-deception and time perception, cognitive psychologists reveal all.
We are all too aware of inhabiting a thick and sometimes impenetrable forest of thoughts.
Yet their appearance or sudden disappearance often remains a mystery.
From mind blanks to mind wandering, precrastination, self-deception and time perception, cognitive psychologists have revealed that our thought processes are often even more strange than we might imagine.
- Why are our minds biased towards adding rather than taking away?
- Why is it so important to change your mind?
- How does our heartbeat affect our perception of time?
All of these questions and more are explored in these 9 cognitive psychology studies from the members-only section of PsyBlog:
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- Each Heartbeat Creates A ‘Wrinkle’ In Our Perception Of Time
- Has Relying On GPS Ruined Our Natural Ability To Navigate?
- Precrastination: Why People Complete Tasks Early When There’s No Need
- Why Changing Your Mind Is So Important
- The 4 Ways That People Lie To Themselves
- This Is The Most Socially Acceptable Prejudice On The Planet
- Humans Are Biased Towards Adding Rather Than Taking Away
- Allowing The Mind To Wander Is More Pleasant Than We Predict
- Mind Blanks Are Normal Among Healthy People
When people were given any information beyond the basics, their ability to reason was severely restricted.
Solving the most fascinating quirk of vision: what you see is partly a memory.
Challenge the stereotype before it becomes internalised.
The obsession with more is built into our language.
Temporal wrinkles stretch time perception slightly when the time between heartbeats is longer and compress time when they are shorter.
Some people literally see the speech that they hear — like subtitles or an old-fashioned tickertape.
How to reap the rewards of both rational and emotional thinking.