Anxiety: Interpretation Biases in Non-Self-Relevant Scenarios vs. Self-Relevant Scenarios

Research Paper Title Interpretation bias of high trait anxiety Chinese military servicemen in ambiguous military scenarios. Background Converging evidence reveals the negative interpretation bias in anxiety. Given that anxiety is a severe psychological problem among Chinese military personnel, the present study examined whether high trait anxiety military personnel showed negative interpretation bias in real-world situations… Read More


Recruitment & Selection: AI, CV’s & Bias

In 2016, Goldman Sachs received approximately 250,000 job applications from students and graduates. That means not only tough competition for the applicants, but a headache for the Goldman Sachs human resources (HR) team. For example, if a team of five HR staff worked 12 hours everyday, including weekends, and spent five minutes on every application,… Read More

Utilising Subjective Methodologies in the Development of Scientifically Defensible Physical Employment Standards

Research Paper Title The application of subjective job task analysis techniques in physically demanding occupations: evidence for the presence of self-serving bias. Background The aim of this study was to determine if perceptions of physically demanding job tasks are biased by employee demographics and employment profile characteristics including: Age; Sex; Experience; Length of tenure; Rank;… Read More

Training & Cognitive Bias: Any Link?

Research Paper Title Training Induces Cognitive Bias: The Case of a Simulation-Based Emergency Airway Curriculum. Introduction Training-induced cognitive bias may affect performance. Using a simulation-based emergency airway curriculum, we tested the hypothesis that curriculum design would induce bias and affect decision making. Methods Twenty-three novice anesthesiology residents were randomized into 2 groups. The primary outcome measure was the initiation… Read More

Prejudices, Stereotypes & Discrimination: Individual, Group & Social Foundations

I recently read an article by David Amodio (2015), a professor of psychology and neural science at New York University, in the New Scientist writing about prejudices which made for fascinating reading. Although the ‘case study’ material is not immediately relevant to the world of recruitment and training (white US police officers shooting black US… Read More

The Perils of Bias and Self-deception

Most leaders in private would probably admit that their decisions have more than a smidgen of ‘gut feeling’, even though in business the cultural norm is that of the rational animal. This piece flags up the perils of ignoring the science behind unconscious bias. Accepting that as decision-makers we are constantly subject to a variety of… Read More