PSA Shorts: Illusion of Cause

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It’s easy to make fun of paranormal investigators and their flawed methods, hell, I’ve built an entire podcast off of that concept but that’s just superficial. What I really aim to do is understand what’s wrong with their thinking and what cognitive deficiencies they exploit to further their beliefs. In past episodes I’ve discussed confirmation bias, the science of ghost and physiological phenomena just as sleep paralysis, all of which give plausible, naturalistic explanations for paranormal experiences and in this episode we’re going to look at another cognitive bias called the illusion of cause. This is Paranormal Skeptic Academy Shorts!

Aschwanden, Christie. “Your Brain Is Primed To Reach False Conclusions.” FiveThirtyEight. 2015. http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/your-brain-is-primed-to-reach-false-conclusions/.

Shipka, Tom. “The Invisible Gorilla.” WYSU. 2012. http://wysu.org/content/commentary/invisible-gorilla.

Matute, Helena, and Fernando Blanco. “Illusions of Causality: How They Bias Our Everyday Thinking and How They Could Be Reduced.” Frontiers in Pyschology 62015. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4488611/.

Matute, Helena, and Ion Yarritu. “Illusions of Causality at the Heart of Pseudoscience.” British Journal of Psychology102 (3)2011: 392–405. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21751996.

Chabris, Christopher, and Daniel Simons. The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us. Crown2010.

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