Avoiding Negativity Bias

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“one cockroach will spoil a bowl of cherries, while a cherry will do nothing for a bowl of cockroaches”.

This morning one of my digital feeds sent me an interesting read, one that really got me thinking about negativity bias. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, Negativity Bias, also known as the negativity effect, it has to do with our seemingly innate preference for remembering negative things rather than positive ones. For example, teachers often remember the 3 students who came late and unprepared for class rather than the 15 who were on time and ready. The article comes from the Journal of Chemical Education and is titled “Cherry Picking: Why We Must Not Let Negativity Dominance Affect Our Interactions with Students” It is a short one page article, but it really got me thinking. Enjoy!

Are you letting negativity bias affect the way you think about your students?


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