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comment Why have historically most inventors been men?
+1 for spending thousands of hours of practice and effort in acquiring the skills required to become an expert
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comment How do emotions influence the language structures we use?
@PaulinaDymalska ngram analysis would be useful. Its being used to settle long time disputes on who made a particular quote in an analytic way and could be used in media discourse as well. You may view books.google.com/ngrams to get some idea.
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comment Can critical thinking be taught?
+10 for debiasing. I have also seen a lot of them with powerful teachers
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comment Can critical thinking be taught?
@ArtemKaznatcheev The closest research article I could get is Jenny Reed's study on Critical Thinking. Its a lot localized though. criticalthinking.org/resources/JReed-Dissertation.pdf .Similar resources can be found on the research section at www.criticalthinking.org website.
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comment What are the minimal requirements for successful gamification?
@JoshGitlin The gamification course starts in Aug this year. You may sign up here coursera.org/course/gamification
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comment Method for evaluating how emotionally evocative a question is?
@BenBrocka You are right. Can't do it in the middle of a session.
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comment Method for evaluating how emotionally evocative a question is?
@BenBrocka How about a fMRI scan? though its a bit costly
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comment Is “Karmic Punishment” more effective?
Welcome to the site. Generally, anything punitive in nature, unless property understood and perceived by the person receiving the punishment, is bound to create a strong personal dislike at the subconscious level towards the person and more like towards the thing that caused the punishment. That's the reason corporal punishment is banned. You can search "negative effects of corporal punishment" in Google Scholar.
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accepted Theoretical limit to the use of mental faculty of the brain
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asked Theoretical limit to the use of mental faculty of the brain
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asked Does pain reduce cognitive abilities?
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comment What is the term for human beings' tendency to obey without thinking?
But leadership is used in a more positive term. @JoshGitlin The Wikipedia article is so small. The possible term is Herd instinct/Herd behavior and its a recognized cognitive bias.
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comment What is the term for human beings' tendency to obey without thinking?
Few other terms that explain the causes mentioned by you - GroupThink, socio-centric thinking, Ingroup bias. I prefer socio-centric thinking.
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comment What is the term for human beings' tendency to obey without thinking?
A person's tendency to react to a situation depends on a Threshold Value(TV) of the number of people he wants to see reacting before reacting himself and it may not be entirely proportional to intelligence. So if there are 10 people and if 3 people wear purple hats, I may also wear the hat if my TV is 3 but if my TV is 4, I would wait for an another person to wear the hat before wearing it myself. The Granovetter model could explain some of this phenomenon. Also, the bandwagon effect may also explain this phenomenon in political decisions.
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comment Savant syndrome and Cognitive bias
Thanks Chris. Would post a separate question after going through a few articles
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comment Savant syndrome and Cognitive bias
My question is based on the Kanheman-Tversky link I gave in the comment. Also, a lot of cognitive biases does seem to fall under more than one category. Your answer suggests that its the recall function of the brain that's more important in addressing memory-related biases rather than memory. If its the case, you can kindly provide me a link. After reading your answer, I have got an another question: Does lack of information/knowledge be construed as a cognitive bias?
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revised Savant syndrome and Cognitive bias
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