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The Cognitive Bias Song

Posted by Christopher Shea  September 29, 2010 10:43 AM

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Bradley Wray, a high-school teacher in Maryland, composed a song to help students in his AP psychology class remember some of the quirks that shape human thinking, pushing us away from pure rationality.

In a video that he's posted, a split screen shows him playing all the parts: Dylanesque guitar, main vocals, bass, drums, and backup vocals. If you've read "Predictably Irrational," by Dan Ariely, but forget some of the details, Wray's lyrics can serve as a refresher course:

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 in which you 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 mind
(Availability bias: the first thing that comes to mind)
[chorus]
Oh, oh, bias... don't let bias into your mind ...

Via Daily Observations, a blog of the Association for Psychological Science

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