Bias blind spot

The bias blind spot is a cognitive bias about not compensating for one's own cognitive biases. The term was created by Emily Pronin, social psychologist from Princeton University's Department of Psychology, with colleagues Daniel Lin and Lee Ross. [ [http://cbdr.cmu.edu/event.asp?eventID=15 Emily Pronin, Center for Behavioral Decision Research] ] The "bias blind spot" is named after the visual blind spot.

Pronin and her co-authors explained to subjects the better-than-average effect, the halo effect, self-serving bias and many other cognitive biases. According to that better-than-average bias, specifically, people are likely to see themselves as inaccurately "better than average" for possible positive traits and "less than average" for negative traits. When subsequently asked how biased they themselves were, subjects rated themselves as being much less subject to the biases described than the average person.

ee also

*List of cognitive biases

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