We use mental shortcuts every day to help us make decisions, and often we don't even realize it. This revealing program explores five such shortcuts: expectation, belief, availability, anchors, and imitation/conformity. Clear narration explains how these shortcuts often function as blind spots that mislead us; real-world examples (the placebo effect, advertising, optical illusions, fads and fashions) illustrate the shortcuts in action. Grades 9 and up. Closed captioned. Color. 24 minutes. Learning Seed. ©2010.
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