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Less thinking biases in a foreign tongue

A fascinating study just published in Psychological Science has found that solving problems in a foreign language reduces cognitive biases. The Foreign-Language Effect: Thinking in a Foreign Tongue Reduces Decision Biases Psychological Science, Published online before print, April 18, 2012 Boaz Keysar, Sayuri L. Hayakawa, Sun Gyu An Would you make the same decisions in [...]
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“The Statistical Crisis in Science”: My talk this Thurs at the Harvard psychology department

Academics / Mathematics : Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science (10 hours ago)

It’s noon Thursday, January 29, 2015, in William James Hall 765: The Statistical Crisis in Science Andrew Gelman, Dept of Statistics and Dept of Political Science, Columbia University Top journals in psychology routinely publish rid... Read Post

Want to Make Rational Decisions? Think About Them In a Foreign Language.

Academics / General Science : 80beats (3 years ago)

Behavioral economists have documented the all too many ways that humans are predictably irrational. Emotions and biases often just get the better of us. In a new study in Psychological Science, however, psychologists found that peop... Read Post

Can Psychology Solve a Classic Paradox?

Academics : Convergence (2 years ago)

My old friend Ben Hayden is trying to figure that out. He’s a professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester and has just launched a new blog at Psychology Today called The Decision Tree. Ben and... Read Post


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