Hindsight Bias

by nboydgibbins

Hindsight Bias

Hindsight bias is a phenomenon where we believe, after an answer to a question has been given, that we knew it all along. Modern psychology tells us that we edit our memories in many different ways, and this also changes with age. This very accessible study (by Daniel M. Bernstein, Edgar Erdfelder, Andrew N. Meltzoff, William Peria, and Geoffrey R. Loftus) shines light on this hindsight heuristic with clearly understandable experiments and also examines its changing character over a representative lifespan.

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