Media Literacy: Crowdsourced Fact-Checking

2 years ago, I wrote about how the wisdom of crowd can be useful in determining true values. In the case of estimating the weight of an ox, the wisdom of crowd works through a mechanism known as bracketing, where estimates fall on both sides of the true value, such that the deviations cancel out … Continue reading Media Literacy: Crowdsourced Fact-Checking

Book Review: Inside the Nudge Unit

When Richard Thaler wrote about his journey in establishing the field of Behavioural Economics in "Misbehaving", he mentioned about how nudging was brought to the UK. In 2008 just after "Nudge" was published in the US, Thaler was invited to share his work with some Members of Parliament (MPs) from the UK Conservative Party (aka … Continue reading Book Review: Inside the Nudge Unit

Book Review: Misbehaving

In my previous book review, I shared about The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis, which is a biography of two prominent psychologists, Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, and the unique friendship that they shared. Interestingly, the book also introduced how Richard Thaler, coauthor of bestselling book Nudge and the 2017 recipient of the Nobel Memorial … Continue reading Book Review: Misbehaving

Book Review: The Undoing Project

After a 2-month hiatus, I'm back to blogging! But with many other things on my plate, I decided to keep it simple, and do some short reviews of books that I have read recently. We will start with a series of books on decision making psychology and behavioural economics (the type that I love), in … Continue reading Book Review: The Undoing Project

Fake News & Cognitive Biases 3: Why Are People Susceptible To Misinformation?

In the previous post on Fake News & Cognitive Biases, we discussed about how people are most susceptible to misinformation when it is riding on a trending topic or during periods of chaos. But why are people even susceptible to misinformation in the first place? Has it got anything to do with intelligence? In the … Continue reading Fake News & Cognitive Biases 3: Why Are People Susceptible To Misinformation?

Fake News & Cognitive Biases 2: When Are People Most Susceptible To Misinformation?

In the previous post on Fake News & Cognitive Biases, we talked about how people are most susceptible to misinformation that contains some truth in it. But on top of that, there are also other factors that can increase people's susceptibility to misinformation. Time is one of them. The time at which a piece of … Continue reading Fake News & Cognitive Biases 2: When Are People Most Susceptible To Misinformation?

Fake News & Cognitive Biases 1: What Types of Misinformation Are People Susceptible To?

Whenever we talk about fake news, what most people have in mind is information that is undeniably false. Unfortunately, the reality isn't quite that simple. News that are outright fake are easy to detect and debunk, but most misinformation that are difficult to dispel often contain some truth in them, making it hard for artificial … Continue reading Fake News & Cognitive Biases 1: What Types of Misinformation Are People Susceptible To?

Original Research: Human Reinforcement Learning in Static vs Dynamic Environments

In this series on Original Research, I will be sharing about my findings from some of the mini-projects that I have carried out on my own. In life, we are accustomed to the idea that practicing on variations of the same task prepares us for scenarios that we have yet to encounter. For example, students … Continue reading Original Research: Human Reinforcement Learning in Static vs Dynamic Environments

Original Research: Is Using Fast-and-Frugal Trees Better Than Machine-Learning Trees?

In this series on Original Research, I will be sharing about my findings from some of the mini-projects that I have carried out on my own. Fast-and-frugal trees (FFTs) are a specific type of classification decision tree with sequentially ordered cues, where every cue has two branches and one branch is an exit point (Martignon … Continue reading Original Research: Is Using Fast-and-Frugal Trees Better Than Machine-Learning Trees?

Original Research: The Anchoring Effect in A Range of Plausible Anchors

In this series on Original Research, I will be sharing about my findings from some of the mini-projects that I have carried out on my own. The anchoring effect is a systematic cognitive bias committed by individuals, when they rely too heavily on an initial piece of information for making a subsequent judgment. This is … Continue reading Original Research: The Anchoring Effect in A Range of Plausible Anchors