This was the question my dissertation ended up answering. It wasn’t necessarily the question I started with, but hey, that’s science. Or something like it. The answer is (depending on the type of infographic): A man of above average numeracy with a doctoral-level degree between 45 and 54 years old. Apart from this singularly unhelpful caricature, this is […]Read more "Who has the best chance of understanding infographics?"
Reading over this article The Science of Our Optimism Bias and the Life-Cycle of Happiness from Brain Pickings, I was struck by the often repeated idea that we are ‘hardwired’ for optimism, and that this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But as part of my dissertation I was looking at the different ways researchers have tried to affect the way […]Read more "Noted: The Science of Our Optimism Bias"