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Correlating the Cognitive Bias Blind Spot with Perseverance

Year: 2023

Presenter Name: Jordan Davidson

While a person can generally detect the influence that cognitive bias has had in others' decision-making, the inaccessibility of bias in one's own cognition makes it harder to detect bias in their own thoughts and behaviors. This asymmetrical bias detection leads to a statistical impossibility: the large majority of people-approximately 70-80% of individuals-believe they are less biased than the average person, a psychological phenomenon known as the bias blind spot. While this type of self-enhancement can create social consequences, there may also be potential benefits. It is believed that "positive illusions," such as overestimating one's abilities and qualities, can lead to higher ambition and perseverance. While few studies have explored benefits to the bias blind spot, we hypothesize that there may be a positive correlation between bias blind spot and perseverance in individuals. Two studies are conducted to test this hypothesis. In the first, we investigate correlations between bias blind spot and perseverance to complete mazes. In the second, we investigate if providing feedback on the participant's performance compared to the average participant's performance while completing mazes will correlate with bias blind spot. We discuss in detail the cognitive implications for discovering potential motivating factors to the bias blind spot, how this may lead to attenuating its presence, and how this research fits into the current state of radical political ideology.
University / Institution: University of Utah
Type: Poster
Format: In Person
Presentation #C38
SESSION C (1:45-3:15PM)
Area of Research: Social Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Frank Drews