Evolution of Cognitive Bias

Evolution of Cognitive Bias

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While reading and annotating the Evolution of Cognitive Bias article, one quote that really stood out to me was, Individuals display unrealistically positive perceptions of their own qualities (Haselton, Nettle, & Murray, 2015). Everyone views themselves differently, if you think it about it though, nobody knows you better than you. Although, sometimes I feel like I know my twin sister better than she knows herself, maybe it’s the twin telepathy. You know when something is off even when others don’t notice. You also know when you’re feeling great about yourself, which is okay to show! Not a lot of people like to show others if they think highly of themselves because society has created this idea that if you think too highly of yourself you will be viewed as conceded or have a big ego. I wish society embraced the idea of thinking highly of yourself, by instead of being viewed as conceded, it was just self love and positivity. Like commonly seen on social media, girls need to support girls! It’s so important to love yourself, support others, and don’t bring them down.

I always love to remind my teammates, positive vibes only.

After doing some more research after reading of The Gender Gap in Feedback and Self-Perception article and also reading another article called How Person Perception Helps us Form Impressions of Others, I was able to find out some more information. The second article starts off by talking about how everyone makes assumptions about others, even with people they might not even know or mentally categorize people into different groups based on common characteristics. For example, If you see a woman dressed in a tailored suit with her hair styled in a bright pink mohawk, you are likely to pay more attention to her unusual hairstyle than her sensible business attire. (This is very similar to a section in the Robert Sapolsky lecture as well!) Although, some men do tend to fall into this category or idea that “they don’t personally care what others think of them and “category” they are placed into,” women do. Why? Well, The Gender Gap in Feedback and Self-Perception did a survey where students (of men and women) were asked to rate their effort their within the team and rate their teammates during a group project. The men and women participating in this survey were all around 30 years old with about 6.5 years of work experience. After the survey was complete, in the women, their views on leadership decreased. This effect was stronger for women. We found that women more quickly aligned their self-awareness with peer feedback, whereas men continued to rationalize and inflate their self-image over time. That is, in our survey, women were a lot more sensitive to peer feedback than men. After six months, women perfectly aligned their views of leadership with their peers’ assessment.  In contrast, men continued to inflate their leadership qualities.



4 thoughts on “Evolution of Cognitive Bias”

  • I really like what you wrote, Sara. It is definitely important to love yourself and feel comfortable with your own life. However, in terms of how humans view certain aspects of society, I tend to disagree. It seems to me as if many people think they’re opinions and feelings are often stronger and more powerful than others’. This leads to a close-minded society in which people always want to be right, agreed with, and validated. I feel as though many people need to put away their pride and have an open mind, be humble, and truly look at what is around us. We focus too much on ourselves, but we didn’t start off this selfish. 100% love yourself and be happy, but then take that joy and make it into kindness by helping something else.

    • Hi Chloe, I completely understand what you’re saying. Humans are very concerned about themselves, but I think there is still a side of people where they don’t think about themselves and only think about others. I think this topic could be seen in both directions. I also love how to said “take that joy and make it into kindness by helping someone else,” I wish people did this more! Thank you for your comment!

  • This is a fascinating topic and discussion. I wonder if you can find more resources that explain a bit or give more examples of this particular cognitive bias towards unrealistic perception of our own qualities. Also I wonder about female vs. males and about different cultures for this bias. Do white men exhibit this bias more than women of color for example? This gets into the nature/nurture part of the examination of cognitive bias. Looking forward to seeing you expand this piece!

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