Archive for the ‘Brain/mind’ Category

January 20, 2014 10

Opinions in this post are 100% my own (is that meta?)

By in Brain/mind

“Opinions in this post are 100% my own.” That disclaimer and variations thereof, stamped at the bottom of blog posts in which a blogger writes about a product they received for free, is seeming more and more like a rabbit-hole to me – its possible meanings or interpretations are deceptively deep and convoluted. Given the […]

December 26, 2013 26

Ownership, loss aversion, the endowment effect and all those forsaken lava lamps

By in Brain/mind, Theory/research

Do you ever see things for sale on eBay with prices that kind of make you guffaw in amused astonishment? I get daily emails of newly listed items containing my saved search terms (I really should just delete them but then the very stupid and very irrational fear of missing out on something I never […]

May 8, 2013 33

Blogs – drivers of consumption?

By in Brain/mind, Musings

Image: Fashionsquad (source). The other day, I was browsing assorted online retailers in search of a baseball cap. Now, I am not a baseball cap kind of person. I’m not a hat kind of person in general (unless I need to be out in the sun a lot for some reason), because my hair has […]

February 21, 2012 3

Familiarity breeds affection

By in Brain/mind, Theory/research

Mobius Strip II by M.C. Escher. Source. Anyone want to have a go at explaining why I can look at something for months and months and months and have no discernible affection towards it, and then one day – BAM. Oh god, wait just a minute – I love it! I need to have it! […]


February 11, 2012 0

When hindsight is distinctly not beneficial

By in Brain/mind

Image: A photo of mine taken in NYC. I’ve seen some disturbing instances of post-purchase rationalisation bias. Well, they’re not disturbing in the sense that they haunt my dreams and then I wake up suddenly in a cold sweat in the suffocating darkness of the night, acutely aware of my mortality and the pounding heartbeat […]