Illusions of Thought

Peter Ayton
09 Mar 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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How intelligent minds make irrational choices

The many examples of compelling visual illusions are typically experienced as mildly enjoyable phenomena; few of us conclude that our visual systems are fundamentally incompetent.  Less well known are illusions of thought where intelligent people exhibit systematic patterns of error; experiencing thought illusions is typically a more discomfiting – even embarrassing – experience which often inspires doubt about the quality of our minds.  In this talk I will discuss examples of illusions of thought revealed by psychological research and consider their significance for understanding the mind. 
Professor Ayton is director of the Centre for Decision Research at the University of Leeds and Senior Honorary Research Fellow in psychology at City, University of London.

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