brain

functional fixedness, mental preparedness

How Your Own Brain Could Be Your Worst Survival Enemy

How many ways can you think of to use a paper clip? If you can think of just 2 or 3, your brain may be functionally fixed. What is functional fixedness? Functional fixedness is a cognitive bias that limits a person’s concept of how an object might be used. They’re unable to think creatively of how to use a given object, like a paper clip. Functional fixedness also limits the solutions you might think of to a given problem. You …

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normalcy bias

Normalcy Bias: It’s All in Your Head

Human bodies don’t normally fly through the air, and I didn’t expect a real life lesson in normalcy bias, but last year that’s exactly what I witnessed while waiting for a red light to turn green. I was sitting in my Tahoe at an intersection not far from home when I heard the loud rumble of a truck engine. I couldn’t quite believe my eyes when a green pick-up veered around me, raced into the intersection and plowed into a …

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