Pick any of the cognitive shortcuts that humans use that are described in our readings this week (e.g., the different heuristics and biases). Think of a personal example of a time you used such a shortcut and it resulted in an error. We all make errors in judgment, so it should not be too much of a challenge to think of a cognitive error you have made at some point in your life.
First, describe the social psychological principle(s) behind the cognitive shortcut you used. Then, describe the situation you were in and how you used the shortcut. Describe how the shortcut resulted in an error in judgment or thinking. Finally, describe how this type of error can be avoided in the future. Was this particular error a “big deal” in your life? Why or why not?