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Old 29th April 2016, 08:25 AM
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Default How Infographics Reveal Your Brainís Blind Spots

How Infographics Reveal Your Brainís Blind Spots

https://psmag.com/how-infographics-r...3fb#.4im1o4fyf

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Our brains fool us all the time. And we typically have no idea that itís happening.


Chances are, you probably think your mind works pretty well. It might lead you astray now and then, but usually it helps you make good decisions and remember things reliably. At the very least, youíre probably confident that it doesnít change depending on the time of day or what you had to eat.
But youíd be wrong. Our brains fool us all the time. And we typically have no idea that itís happening.

Letís look at some of the wacky things our minds make us think and do. And then weíll examine how graphics, including charts, interactives, and other visual tools, can help show us our mindís shortcomings.
Our Mindís Everyday Quirks

Weíll start with a study of Israeli judges done by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel and Columbia University. They were looking at what caused judges to rule the way they did. A favorable ruling could mean, for example, granting parole or moving a prisoner to a different prison. You might expect that a judgeís decision would have something to do with how serious the crime was or how much time had been served already, or how many times a prisoner had gone to jail before. But these researchers found something else that had a huge effect on a judgeís ruling: lunch.

Yup. Quite literally, whether or not a prisoner got a favorable ruling depended in part on how long it had been since the judge had something to eat.

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