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Shared Information Bias

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The tendency for group members to spend more time and energy discussing information that all members are already familiar with and less time and energy discussing information of which only some members are aware.

Example: Group A makes poor decisions because they ignore important information that only a few of the members have and focus instead on what every member knows.


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 Some discussion questions:

  • Do you think you experience this bias? How problematic is it for you? Provide an example.
  • Have you witnessed this bias in someone else? What happened?
  • What specifically might you do to compensate for this bias?
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    Cognitive Bias-a-Day
    Bo Bennett, PhD

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    Academics : Social Science
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