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Question: TMA 04 Report on the tendency of people to make errors in their thinking. (Word Count 999)

Part Two – short answer questions
a. Understanding and explaining data (Word Count 469)
b. Understanding the limitations of methods (Word Count 468)

DD210 Living Psychology Mark 80%
BSc Psychology

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Answer: Psychologist have been researching the tendency of people to make errors in their thinking and they have discovered that there are a variety of reasons behind these tendencies. This report will focus on heuristics: representative, availability and anchoring that cause people to make errors in their judgement (Hardman, 2015). The influential work by Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky on heuristics can be described as shortcuts that your brain utilises to make decisions that can result in error due to the limited information used to make the decision (Hardman, 2015). Representative heuristic is a brain shortcut where people make decisions based on the typical outcome. Availability heuristic involves making decisions based on how easy information is to remember like a recent event. Anchoring involves making decisions where one piece of information influences the whole decision rather tha...(short extract)

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  • Subject: Psychology
  • Course: DD210 Living Psychology
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 80%
  • Words: 1936
  • Date submitted: June 29, 2019
  • Date written: March, 2018
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 8694

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