Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

How Your Brain Tricks You Into Believing Fake News

Great article, includes some tips in how to spot fake news.

How Your Brain Tricks You Into Believing Fake News

KATY STEINMETZ | August 9, 2018 | Time Magazine

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January 5, 2019 Posted by | decision making, news, politics | , , , , | 2 Comments

Why immoral actions seem impossible

It seems we are blind to the possibility of immoral actions — but that allows us the ability to trust people.

‘But you can’t do that!’ Why immoral actions seem impossible

Jonathan Phillips | 29 September 2017 | aeon

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October 1, 2017 Posted by | behaviour, psychology, sociology | , | Leave a comment

How to Gain Trust

Great tip from Wired magazine’s November 2011 edition:

Trust is something you earn. And to earn it, you must slowly and painstakingly build a relationship based on mutual admiration and respect. Only kidding! Trust can totally be faked. The key, as researchers at Vrije University Amsterdam discovered, is in convincing others that you have a high level of self-control. The researchers conducted a series of experiments on married couples as well as complete strangers in an effort to determine how trust forms. In each instance, people who exhibited self-control—who decided against buying CDs when they were short on cash, for example, or who showed up at places on time—were deemed trustworthy. So if you want people to trust you, just tell someone you are on a diet, then pass on dessert. Or promise to do a favor for them, then do it. And be on time. It works. Trust us. —Erin Biba

January 5, 2012 Posted by | behaviour, lifehack | | Leave a comment

Don’t trust a foreign accent?

It seems our brains trust foreign accented persons less than native speaker due to something called cognitive fluency.  Check out the article below for some interesting examples of how our preference for the ‘easier processed’ influences our actions.

Why the Brain Doubts a Foreign Accent

What happens in the brain when you hear an accent–and why you are less likely to trust the speaker

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September 22, 2010 Posted by | behaviour, psychology | , , | Leave a comment

Be touched to give more

My conclusion from the article below: if you’re negotiating, offer your opponent a free massage before your meeting, and make sure you avoid one. Especially true for women.

Evolutionary psychology

A touch of generosity

Aug 14th 2008
From The Economist print edition

Touch can inspire munificence towards those you trust

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August 15, 2008 Posted by | evolutionary psychology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment