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Published on Dec 22, 2009
A VideoSong on the various types of cognitive bias for my AP Psychology students.
Warning... Attention... Achtung... The grammar police have rightly detected several typographical errors within the subtitles of the song. I admit several things (1) was careless when making this at 2:00 in the morning (2) didn't think it would be posted to NYT and BoingBoing (3) was unprepared for the grammar gestapo's onslaught of biased attacks and (4) cannot fix, change and reupload this video without breaking the incoming links from NYT, Buzzfeed, BoingBoing and a thousand twitter feeds. So because of these things I am going to leave it as is and add captions overtop of the mistakes. The song and people seeing it are more important than the typos. I've discussed this with my students and they agree. So chill. :-)
Anyway... I promised my classes that I would play them a song before their test on Monday Dec 21... But we had two snow days in a row so I am trusting that they will watch this in advance in order to study for the test on cognition.
Even if only one of the lines from this song get stuck in one kid's head and retrieved during the AP Psych exam I will have done my job!
Lyrics: I'm biased because I knew it all along... hindsight bias... I knew it all along.
I'm biased because I put you in a category which yo may or may not belong... representativeness bias don't stereotype this song
I'm biased because of a small detail that throws off the big picture of the thing... anchoring bias see the forest for the trees
I'm biased toward the first example that comes to my mind... availability bias to the first thing that comes to mind
Chorus: Oh oh bias don't let bias into your mind
Bias don't try this... it'll influence you thinking and memories, don't mess with these but you're guilty of distorted thinking
With a cognitive bias your mind becomes blinded to decisions and problems and you've been forced to solve them wrongly.
I'm biased because I'll only listen to what I agree with... confirmation bias ... you're narrow-minded if you are this
I'm biased because I take credit for success but no blame for failure... self-serving bias... my success and your failure
I'm biased when I remember things they way I would've expected them to be... expectancy bias false memories are shaped by these
I'm biased because I think my opinion now was my opinion then... self-consistency bias but you felt different way back when