Psychology

Training to reduce cognitive biases

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Science  16 Aug 2019:
Vol. 365, Issue 6454, pp. 653-654
DOI: 10.1126/science.365.6454.653-g

Human beings are susceptible to cognitive biases, such as the tendency to seek out information that confirms their prior beliefs. Sellier et al. examined whether a single debiasing training intervention could reduce confirmation bias outside of the training setting. Students assigned to solve a business case exercise were less likely to choose the inferior confirmatory solution when they had previously undergone the debiasing intervention. These results stand in contrast to prior work, which had failed to find evidence that debiasing training could transfer to other settings and have implications for improving decision-making.

Psychol. Sci. 10.1177/0956797619861429 (2019).

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