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How Quickly Can (and Should) You Judge a Face?

Granny Enchanted Neutral Face

The internet is filled with claims about how we form initial assessments of other people within the first ten minutes – or even the first ten seconds – of meeting them. Add the ever-expanding world of apps that allow us to make decisions with just the swipe of a finger, and you may start to [...]

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How is Past Experience Biasing Our Decision-Making? Insights from Rock Ants

The rock ant Temnothorax rugatulus

Think about all the decisions you’ve made today. Even if you’re reading this in the morning, you’ve probably already made hundreds or even thousands of decisions, without even thinking consciously about most of them. We like to think of ourselves as being in control of our own decisions, and making rational, well-informed choices. However, more [...]

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Not bad science

Think you’re sometimes irrational? You’re not the only one – slime moulds are irrational too

People are irrational. Example: You wouldn’t buy a new dress, or suit, that costs £100 (‘that’s far too much to spend!’) but you would buy one that was £300, but is now ‘reduced’ to £150 (‘but just look at how far down it’s come!’) Sound familiar? You’re not alone, it’s fairly well-known that humans are [...]

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Observations

Davos: Decisions and Data

The World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, is certainly better known for the business and policy leaders it gathers. But I enjoyed some sessions by luminaries from the worlds of science and technology today as well. Now that I’m back, I thought I’d write up a couple, starting with the first session I [...]

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Observations

Out, damn’d decision: Hand washing helps us live with our choices

hand washing choice decision

Shakespeare’s Lady Macbeth could never wash away the guilt of murder from her hands, but research has shown that the simple act of hand washing—or even using a wipe—can in fact help people clean their conscience of dirty deeds. A new study, published online May 6 in Science, reveals the power of hand washing to [...]

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