The Brain Relies on Schemas

The Brain Relies on Schemas

The college students in my study consistently made their shoot decisions based on stereotypes. I showed them pictures of a “bad boy” – a biker type – followed by pictures of either a weapon (handgun) or a non-weapon (cell phone or wallet). The weapon was shown 85% of...
The Brain Fills-In the Gaps

The Brain Fills-In the Gaps

Editor’s Note:  This is the Second Article in our “Brain Principles” Series. “I told them that my partner was standing behind me to my right when the incident went down. But when they pulled up the CCTV recording, he was way off to my left and in front of me. I...
The Brain Always Assumes Danger

The Brain Always Assumes Danger

Have you ever had the hairs on the back of your neck stand up for no apparent reason? Of course you have, it happens to all law enforcement officers. Something begins to churn in your gut, creating that uncomfortable feeling and you immediately start scanning the...

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