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Why Didn’t I See It Earlier?

Why Didn’t I See It Earlier?

Maya Bar-Hillel

We live our life one day after another, and hence our research, too, unfolds in time. My tale is about how the arbitrary order in which I encountered some of the effects I will discuss led me, for many years, down a garden path. Stickiness in belief revision, which is a form of confirmation bias, plus striving for parsimony, which is a form of theoretical elegance, hampered for years my ability to understand position effects in simultaneous choice (namely, choice from a set of options that are all presented at the same time, like a salad bar).

My graduate student, Yigal Attali, worked at Israel’s National Institute for Testing and Evaluation ...

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