February 2012

How the Mind Works – TED.com

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My last post linked to some of Dan Gilbert’s TED talks on happiness and cognitive biases. But then I noticed there’s a whole section on TED called How the Mind Works! Lots of very cool, very accessible stuff. Check it out here. /// Image from TED.com.

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Dan Gilbert on Happiness and Expectations – TED.com

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Dan Gilbert is a social psychologist at Harvard University. He is known for his research in cognitive biases (systematic errors in our thinking) and affective forecasting (predicting one’s emotional state in the future, such as predicting how happy you would be a month after winning the lottery). He has two cool videos on TED.com, both […]

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The Hidden Side of Your Brain: Fast Type 1 Thinking

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There is a large, hidden side to our brains. Understanding how it works and what it does is key to improving our thinking and deciding. We have this amazing ability to think without thinking. Not literally think without thinking, but thinking without thinking that we’re thinking. Let’s try that again. We are often thinking, but because we […]

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Changing Mindsets: Can it be done?

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Followup to: Mindsets: Where Do They Come From? In Why Your Mindset is So Important I introduced the concept of fixed (we can’t change) and growth (we can improve through effort) mindsets detailed in Carol Dweck’s book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.1 The benefits of a growth mindset are plenty: increased creativity, greater success, […]

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