Cognitive biases and educational research, an overview by John Hattie

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John Hattie published an interesting post with an overview of possible cognitive biases translated to educational research. I do urge you to read the full post here, but wanted to share the biases here too:

Cognitive Bias CategoryDescription
Authority BiasTendency to attribute greater weight and accuracy to the opinions of an authority figure – irrespective of whether this is deserved – and to be influenced by it

EDUCATION: Don’t be swayed by famous titled gurus. Carefully unpick and test of all their assumptions – especially if they are making claims outside the specific area of expertise. Be particularly suspicious of anyone who writes and publishes a white paper [!!!]

Confirmation Bias

 

Post-Purchase Rationalization

 

Choice-Support Bias

The tendency to collect and interpret information in a way that conforms with rather than opposes our existing beliefs.

And when information is presented which contradicts current beliefs this can…

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