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Thinking and Feeling In Judging Others

By Alexander Danvers

You’re interviewing a stranger for a job, and while you have “the facts” about their previous job history in front of you, what you’re not sure about is their emotional state. Are they anxious? Excited? Bored?

Unknown Unknowns: The Problem of Hypocognition

Image of blocks of ice resting on a calm beach as the sun sets

In 1806, entrepreneur Frederic Tudor sailed to the island of Martinique with a precious cargo. He had harvested ice from frozen Massachusetts rivers and expected to make a tidy profit selling it to tropical customers. There was only one problem: the islanders had never seen ice. They had never experienced a cold drink, never tasted a pint of ice cream. Refrigeration was not a celebrated innovation, but an unknown concept. In their eyes, there was no value in Tudor’s cargo. His sizable investment melted away unappreciated and unsold in the Caribbean heat.

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Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI August 10, 2018

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In the news this week: the benefits of uncertainty, procrastination, slacking at work, and cats. See what else you may have missed online.

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Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI January 5, 2018

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