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2019-07-11
Newsletter 206 - What teachers should know about the LAZY & BIAS of the brain


WHAT TEACHERS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE LAZY BRAIN

  • The brain is an incredible organ
  • But it is lazy
  • To cope with all the data & information it is defaulted to act quickly and efficiently
  • Often getting things wrong
  • Making common errors in judgment
  • Known as cognitive biases
  • Taking shortcuts along the way
  • These shortcuts are determined by four basic principle decisions
    • What should I remember?
    • What to do with too much information?
    • What to do when there is not enough meaning?
    • What to do when we have to act fast?

WHAT TEACHERS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE BIASES OF THE BRAIN

  • What should I remember?
    • Memories are stored differently based on how it was experienced
    • Events and lists are reduced to their basic elements
    • Detail may be ignored in return for generalities
    • Memories are edited and reinforced after the fact
  • What to do with too much information?
    • We notice things the brain has memories of
    • Bizarre, funny visual things stand out
    • Change is immediately recognized
    • Our own beliefs inform the things we are drawn to
    • Flaws in others are recognized more easily than flaws in oneself
  • What to do when there is not enough meaning?
    • Simple things are favored over more complex and complicated things
    • Irreversible decisions are avoided – keeping options opened
    • Tasks of self interests are completed
    • To focus the brain favor the things in front of us which relates
    • The brain likes to act if it is confident it can make an impact
  • What to do when we have to act fast?
    • Search for patterns and stories even if data is little
    • We use stereotypes, prior knowledge, generalities to fill in characteristics
    • People remind us as better based on familiarity and our fondness of them
    • To make numbers easier we simplify them
    • The big mistake we do is thinking that we know what others are thinking
    • Our current belief impact on past and future actions