20 Cognitive Biases That Affect Your Decision-Making

We all make bad decisions sometimes, but have you ever wondered what mental obstacles can lead you astray? This infographic goes over 20 of the most common cognitive biases that can mess with your head when it's decision time.

Some of the cognitive biases on this graphic from Samantha Lee and Shana Lebowitz at Business Insider may sound pretty familiar. You've probably heard of the "placebo effect" and "confirmation bias" altering your perspective, but you may not have heard of other biases like "salience" or the "availability heuristic."

It's not always easy, but identifying the causes of bad choices might help you prevent them in the future. With the information here you'll at least have a better chance avoiding the "blind-spot bias," which is the failing to recognise your own cognitive biases in the first place. You can read more at the link below.

20 Cognitive Biases That Screw Up Your Decisions [Business Insider]

This Graphic Explains 20 Cognitive Biases That Affect Your Decision-Making

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    Confirmation bias is the one that causes most of the problems. When we make a stance on an issue, it's human nature to defend that stance - at the expense of what's later observed and reported.

      Are you sure, or is that just your limited experience has falsely confirmed your preconceptions about confirmation bias?

    So which cognitive bias(es) screwed up the author's decision of spreading the nonsense about ostriches burying their head in the sand..?

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