Summary #1296

We Learn Faster When We Aren’t Told What Choices to Make

scientificamerican.com
  • Study shows the choice-confirmation bias, which might be the root of all other biases like the confirmation bias (discounting information that doesn’t agree with our views).
  • Based on a series of decision-making experiments, researchers found that our brains learn differently from forced choices compared to free choices.
  • The findings suggest that our sense of control in a situation influences how we learn, and being in control of your choices makes the brain learn better.
  • It has implications for studying delusions, suggesting that an inflated sense of control around a false belief could make people unable to change that belief with new facts.
  • The main conclusion is that biased thinking is rooted deep in the human psyche, so it’s unclear whether we can behave rationally even in high-stakes situations.

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