What are signs of cognitive bias?

Although it’s harder to identity cognitive bias in our own thinking than in that of others, here are a few examples of ‘red flags’ to bear in mind:

  • Selecting information that is in line with our existing beliefs
  • Focusing too much on initial information and failing to adjust our judgment when new information becomes available
  • Making overgeneralisations or jumping to conclusions when the evidence is scarce
  • Blaming external factors for our failures, while taking all the credit for our successes