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The brain as a pattern making machine - it fills in the blanks without us knowing based on what it expects to be there

The brain as a pattern making machine – it fills in the blanks without us knowing based on what it expects to be there

February 8, 2019 Posted by Excerpts 0 thoughts on “The brain as a pattern making machine – it fills in the blanks without us knowing based on what it expects to be there”

In one telling study, research participant heard sentences with the first part of a key word omitted (which we indicate by “*”), and with different endings of the sentence presented to different participants. Thus, some participants heard “The *eel was on the axle,” and others heard “The *eel was on the orange”. In both cases, the participants reported hearing a coherent sentence – “The wheel was on the axle” in the first case and “The peel was on the orange” in the second – without ever consciously registering the gap. Nor did it register that they themselves had provided the “wh” or “p” they “heard” in order to make sense of the sentence.

Excerpt from: The Wisest One in the Room: How You Can Benefit from Social Psychology’s Most Powerful Insights by Thomas Gilovich and Lee Ross

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The Wisest One in the Room: How You Can Benefit from Social Psychology’s Most Powerful Insights

January 4, 2019 Posted by 0 thoughts on “The Wisest One in the Room: How You Can Benefit from Social Psychology’s Most Powerful Insights”

The Wisest One in the Room: How You Can Benefit from Social Psychology’s Most Powerful Insights

The Wisest One in the Room: How You Can Benefit from Social Psychology's Most Powerful Insights

By Thomas Gilovich and Lee Ross.

The Wisest One in the Room: How You Can Benefit from Social Psychology's Most Powerful Insights

On the Importance of Social Proof

January 2, 2019 Posted by Excerpts 0 thoughts on “On the Importance of Social Proof”

As Harvard social psychologist Joshua Greene put it, “The best way to get people to do something is to tell them their neighbours are already doing it.”

Excerpt from: The Wisest One in the Room: How You Can Benefit from Social Psychology’s Most Powerful Insights by Thomas Gilovich and Lee Ross

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