Heuristics (Video): Rules of Thumb Explained – Episode 151

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We all take shortcuts when we are making decisions. And in those shortcuts often lie our mistakes. In this episode find out the difference between the availability and representativeness heuristics, as well as the “Take the Best“, Hindsight, and the Base Rate Neglect (Fallacy) heuristics. Lots of examples of these heuristics at work are included. Let’s face it – we all have lazy minds! Either that or we’re all too busy to try to weed through complicated statistics and probabilities. Heuristics help us make decisions fast. But are they the right ones?
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Episode 114: Finding Little Albert

This episode of the podcast – first published in Jan of 2010 – summarized the article which details the efforts of researchers to determine the identity of the so-called “Little Albert”:

Beck, H. P., Levinson, S., & Irons, G. (2009). Finding Little Albert: A Journey to John B. Watson’s Infant Laboratory. American Psychologist, 64, 605-614.

However, more recent research conducted by Digdon, Powell and Harris cast serious doubt on the conclusions of Beck et. al and instead point to a boy named William Albert Barger as the boy known as Little Albert.

Please see this episode: Little Albert’s Real Identity: Time to Rewrite the Textbooks for the latest info on Little Albert.

More information on the myths and truths of the famous Little Albert Study can be found in episode 47.

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