Researchers write grant proposals differently depending on their gender, and it can lead to bias

The findings also have interesting implications for automated text-analysis software, which will increasingly take on tasks like this in the future.

The brain might trick most people into thinking they’re thinner than they actually are

We tend to average past experience, which might make a couple recent extra pounds seem like nothing.

Your brain tricks you into seeing difficult goals as less appealing

Thanks brain…

Curiosity, not how much science you know, is the best predictor of unbiased opinions

Curiosity makes you resist the temptation to form opinions before you hear the science.

Time slows down when people try to fight their racial bias

Watches might keep time in an absolute manner, but people don’t. Each person perceives time differently depending on mood, and moreover this perception changes with age. “When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity,” Einstein famously said. Apparently, time slows down even when white folks are concerned not to appear racially biased, according to a study published in Psychological Science.

When following goals, people pay attention to progress more than they do to setbacks

Hopes are high this time of year, but before your make your New Year’s resolution you might want to consider an important cognitive bias: when following goals, progress is given a lot more consideration than setbacks. Say your resolution is to lose weight, so next year you’ll be on a diet. Chances have it, according to a study made by¬†University

Managers lose track of the big picture, only focus on grades and performance, not context

How many times did you apply for a job or to enter a graduate program in some school somewhere only to find that the position was filled by someone less capable than you? Now, we’re strictly referring to people genuinely less capable than you, otherwise we’d be hitting the same bias exhibited by the manager in charge that renounced you