Spring 2016 Cognitive Distortion

Half-Day Workshops

Cognitive Distortion: How the Shortcuts of Your Brain Warp Your Decision-Making

Our brains make many decisions in the course of the day.  We like to think they are rational decisions.  In truth, though, many of our decisions are highly irrational.  Our brains take short-cuts in thinking, typically without our knowledge.

These cognitive short-cuts go by a number of names, including the confirmation bias, the gambler’s fallacy, and anchoring bias.  These short-cuts can help our decision-making to be very efficient; they can also lead us astray without realizing their impact.  In order to work better with these biases, we need to recognize them and the distortion they create.

Three sessions of this workshop were held in April, 2016.


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