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Research Seminar: by Thomas Chartier

Research Seminar: by Thomas Chartier

How does my own brain influence my research?

The process of scientific research involves our brain in many possible ways, by sensing, by abstracting, by communicating, by drawing, by imagining, by wandering in blurry thoughts, by making decisions. In all these activities, cognitive biases well described in human psychology are at play, which can lead us to wrong paths, misformulated messages, misperception, or simply to not seeing what there is to see. One of the key notions in this talk is expectations, which can operate at abstract levels such as during hypothesis generation, or at more perceptive levels when looking at data (predictive coding). Whether you’re parsing genomes, designing a figure, or simply thinking about phenomena with words in mind, some bias may be affecting you without you being aware of it. Getting to know them will help you avoid pitfalls. I will illustrate several cases of bias by sharing some of my research experience, but during the talk your own examples will probably pop up!