List of Cognitive Biases

I love lists, and so every day this week I’ll give you one to chew on. To start us off is this won­der­ful list of cog­nit­ive biases.

To try and become a bet­ter thinker I’m study­ing cog­nit­ive biases in order to (attempt to) over­come them. This in itself is attempt­ing to over­come the bias blind spot.

A cog­nit­ive bias is any of a wide range of observ­er effects […] includ­ing very basic stat­ist­ic­al, social attri­bu­tion, and memory errors that are com­mon to all human beings.

A favour­ite: the clus­ter­ing illu­sion – the tend­ency to see pat­terns where actu­ally none exist.

Also: list of memory biases.