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Critical Thinking -understanding the predispositions of human brain

Updated: Mar 11, 2023

"Understanding the predispositions of the human brain can help us become aware of our biases and think more critically". says prof Gaurav Mandal ."By recognizing our natural tendencies, we can work to overcome them and make more informed decisions".

The human brain is predisposed to certain patterns of thinking and behavior based on its evolutionary history and developmental processes. Here are some examples of predispositions of the human brain:

  1. Attention bias: The brain is predisposed to pay attention to certain stimuli more than others, such as faces, threats, and novel objects. For example, a baby is more likely to pay attention to a human face than to a random object.

  2. Confirmation bias: The brain is predisposed to seek out information that confirms pre-existing beliefs or hypotheses. For example, a person who believes in conspiracy theories may selectively seek out and believe in information that supports those theories.

  3. Emotional processing bias: The brain is predisposed to prioritize emotional information over neutral information. For example, a person may remember an emotional event more vividly than a mundane event.

  4. Social cognition bias: The brain is predisposed to think about other people and their mental states. For example, a person may automatically try to read the emotions and intentions of someone they are talking to.

  5. Cognitive heuristics bias: The brain is predisposed to use mental shortcuts or heuristics to make decisions quickly and efficiently. For example, a person may assume that something is true because it fits a familiar pattern, even if there is no logical reason to do so.

These predispositions are not necessarily good or bad; they are simply a result of the brain's evolutionary and developmental history. However, being aware of these biases can help us make more informed decisions and think more critically about the information we encounter.

About The author

Gaurav Mandal is a fashion educator and leader, dedicated to inspiring the next generation of design professionals. He is recipient of two national awards from the Indian Government for his contributions to the fashion industry. A NIFT Delhi Gold Medalist fashion designer , he completed his Fashion Marketing master’s degree from Nottingham Trent University, UK. He teaches millions of students through his YouTube Channel and works with several NGO’s for imparting creative education.

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