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I try to read as much as I can about psychology and philosophy, with regard to emotions and decision-making processes, because one of those things that never seems well-handled in fiction is “mind control” magic, and I want to do it better.

The original post is on io9, here I’ve condensed and summarized the list.
Link: 12 Cognitive Biases

  • Confirmation Bias – agreeing with people who agree with us
  • Ingroup Bias – overestimate abilities of those close to us
  • Gambler’s Fallacy – inability to separate past from probability
  • Post-Purchase Rationalization – feel better about a bad purchase
  • Neglecting Probability – common dangers seen as “harmless”
  • Observational Selection Bias – detection denotes frequency
  • Status-Quo Bias – “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
  • Negativity Bias – bad news is more important than good news
  • Bandwagon Effect – “Go with the flow.”
  • Projection Bias – others think about the things we think about
  • Current Moment Bias – “Live for the moment.”
  • Anchoring Effect/Relativity Trap – “Small Reference Pools.”

  • I don’t know how I’m going to use this yet, but I’m sure there’s a way to either implement or at least nod to the real-life effects of cognitive bias on a mechanical level — maybe even something less fantastical than mind control.