Pocket Biases

Every cognitive bias in your pocket.

#4 Product of the DayApril 03, 2019
This is an attempt to make the 200+ cognitive biases easier to understand and remember for everyone. They aren't bugs in our brains -- they're strategies that have been used (to great success!) to overcome some pretty overwhelming realities about the universe.
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This app is built using a really cool new service from Glide (http://glideapps.com) that lets you turn any spreadsheet into an app. 99% of the awesome here is thanks to their great work. All feedback, questions, and suggestions for improvement are welcome! Since I get this question a lot, I'll answer it pre-emptively. "What can I do to be less biased?" My answer, after thinking about this for many years, is that the best we can do is to reduce the time and energy we expend trying to defend our biases and blind spots when they're challenged. I call it developing honest bias. Some tips on how to use this app to develop honest bias: 1. Focus on the strategies more than the biases You don't need to remember all 200 biases, because you can look them up here any time if one's on the tip of your tongue. Instead, it might be easier to remember the 13 strategies. They represent the shortcuts we take in order to make decisions and take actions. 2. Consider what causes the anxiety that leads to bias 🧠 Information in your head: there's too much information in the universe to process, so we filter most of it out. ❤️ Beliefs in your heart: everything is confusing until we make sense of it by telling a story. This is where we get our meaning from. 🖐 Plans in your hands: time is short and we have to get things done, so we jump to conclusions and take actions with what we have. 3. Notice bias in our brains and in everything else around us These biases existed first in our brains, but you can also find them in the technology we use, in the institutions we've built, and the cultural norms we practice. They're everywhere. The best we can do is develop "honest bias". I think of this as a dedication to remaining open to our own limitations, listening to evidence that contradicts our beliefs, inviting diverse perspectives to the table, and being willing to be uncomfortable with the fact that the universe is big, we are small, and there's no ultimate solution to any of this. This app is really just a starting point for understanding how you can find better ways to think, communicate, and act that are in line with your intentions. Hope you find it useful!
@buster This is an excellent resource. Had read your Cognitive bias cheat sheet article on Medium a few years ago. Fantastic and meticulous work!
Put cognitive biases where they belong–in your pocket and not in your mind! Really love what @buster has created here, and excited to collaborate with him on the app!

I will be accessing the app over the next few months to understand human behavior in the context of eliciting cooperation in a new healthcare performance improvement project I want to put into play.


It exists! There is so much fascinating information to review and contemplate.


Will take some time to read!

So far I've only browsed around -- it might be interesting to see real-world examples or scenarios played out within the app.


Very cool and thought-provoking! The Strategy tab seems an especially useful reference.


Great for understanding our everyday biases but I might need more to spark behavioral change.

It definitely needs more to spark behavioral change, I agree. I am thinking about more interactive possibilities now... and am open to ideas and offers for collaboration! :)
Would be nice if it included examples. A 1 sentence description isn't enough to truly grasp what we're talking about each time