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Bias in the spotlight: change blindness | Comment | Research

Change blindness describes how we miss change that takes place when we look briefly away from a scene. Crawford Hollingworth describes the implications in his latest blog on behavioural biases.

Source: www.research-live.com

Very good article and video examples. The image that flickers is particularly tough. The ‘whodunnit’ shows just how hard it is to spot changes even when we are looking for them. 

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Post-mortem for the pollsters | News | Research

‘A terrible night for us pollsters’ according to YouGov’s CEO Stephan Shakespeare. With the General Election exit polls, and eventual outcome, taking many by surprise, the focus today has turned to the polling.

Source: www.research-live.com

The political pollsters get it wrong again is the cry. The final polls detected an incorrect swing. There are many questions to be answered on how this type of polling is done as this article suggests. Many others appear to have misread this general election too though. Are there some fundamental, basic principles at work here in terms of human behaviour though? However hard we may try to decipher likely behaviour – and remove bias through sampling techniques and methodologies – we still often find a great difference between what people say and what they do. 

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What the Dalai Lama Taught Daniel Goleman About Emotional Intelligence

Two decades before Daniel Goleman first wrote about emotional intelligence in the pages of HBR, he met his holiness the 14th Dalai Lama at Amherst College, who mentioned to the young science journalist for the New York Times that he was interested in meeting with scientists. Thus began a long, rich friendship as Goleman became involved over the years in arranging a series of what he calls “extended dialogues” between the Buddhist spiritual leader and researchers in fields ranging from ecology to neuroscience. Over the next 30 years, as Goleman has pursued his own work as a psychologist and business thinker, he has come to see the Dalai Lama as a highly uncommon leader. And so he was understandably delighted when, on the occasion of his friend’s 80th birthday, he was asked to write a book describing the Dalai Lama’s compassionate approach to addressing the world’s most intractable problems.

 

Source: hbr.org

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