Anchoring Bias – A problem in the age of information

Anchoring Bias – A problem in the age of information

In my classroom, I always warn students about cognitive biases that could affect them as students and scientists, and one in particular, anchoring bias, is an incredibly prevalent problem in the modern social landscape. Anchoring Bias, or simply anchoring, is when someone tends to “anchor” themself to the first piece of information they hear, making a decision off of the one (and typically only) source. For some context, imagine a student browsing Facebook or some other social media of choice and seeing…

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How to be a more confident public speaker

How to be a more confident public speaker

  When it comes to speaking in public, for many, it induces panic and sweat. Those are never fun things to have while standing in front of a group of people, so whether you’re a student looking to give a presentation, a new employee presenting a report for your boss, or merely ordering at a restaurant, follow these three concepts and you’ll crush it. And then crush it again.   (1)       Confidence Okay, so obviously having confidence…

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Adding EOG to our Workflow

Adding EOG to our Workflow

Our lab at MSU started from a few boxes of equipment in an empty room, and has since grown into a burgeoning and cooperative lab environment running two EEG systems. Amidst our growth, we have learned several new techniques for gathering EEG (electroencephalogram) data, processing it, and interpreting it. Recently, we have incorporated EOG (electrooculogram) into our lab. When you build a lab from scratch in a field that’s relatively new with no experts in your department, nothing is handed…

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