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Shakespeare and Hip Hop? The cognitive bias of art appreciation

  When it comes to defining great art and literature, most people encounter a thinking problem that explains what Man Vs. Brain is all about. That separation between the role our unconscious emotional brain plays in our thinking versus our logical, rational thought processes. The reason why art and literature make such a good example is the fact that, logically …

Metacognition: Is how you decide more valuable than what you decide?

Metacognition is the process of thinking about thinking. It’s what ManvsBrain.com is all about. And you can’t think about the way we think without turning your attention to practical, applied thinking sooner or later, which (of course) means thinking about decision making. Making better decisions dominates much of the writing about the topic, but actually, it’s a bit of a …

Islamic School Plots to UFOs? The cognition of conspiracy theories

Humans love conspiracy theories. We can’t help it. Creating plots, schemes, unseen forces and secret organisations to explain the world around us is actually wired into our brains. It stems from a thinking process we all develop as babies and forms completely between the ages of 3 and 4, called the Theory of Mind. It’s extremely powerful and evolutionarily was …

Hurricanes, cognitive bias and “what’s in a name?” – Gender bias update

Thanks to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America we’ve got a good example of sexist cognitive bias in operation. (See ManVsBrain.com essay “Think you’re not sexist? Think again: A thinking tool for fixing gender bias”). Kiju Jung, a doctoral student in marketing at the university, and marketing professor Sharon Shavitt have published …