Terrific out of context quote that is very applicable to investors and traders:


“Dozens of studies have shown that witnesses’ memories of events often change when they are supplied with new contextual information. Itiel Dror, a cognitive psychologist who has done extensive research on eyewitness and expert testimony in criminal investigations, told me, “The mind is not a passive machine. Once you believe in something—once you expect something—it changes the way you perceive information and the way your memory recalls it.


In the bull bear debate, think about all of the cognitive foibles and wetware errors we each bring tot he table in terms of processing news, data and information.


Trial by Fire
David Grann
New Yorker, September 7, 2009


Category: Psychology

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6 Responses to “Understanding Context and Wetware Bias”

  1. The best things in life are unexpected – because there were no expectations – ELI KHAMAROV

  2. Pat Shuff says:

    “What you see is what you get!”

    – Dr. Wilson

  3. HarryWanger says:

    Was this posted here yesterday or am I going crazy?

  4. Joe Retail says:


    Are the two mutually exclusive options?

    (Sorry, it was too good a straight line to resist.)

  5. torrie-amos says:

    thatsa life

  6. sinomania says:

    Chinese Whispers ;-)