Tag Archives: Intuition

Intuition and Judgment

  1. Research out of Carnegie Mellon and Harvard suggests that people tend to give more weight to thoughts that “come out of nowhere” versus ideas that arrive through a deliberate process
  2. Rather than dismissing spontaneous thoughts as meaningless or random, people tend to assume these thoughts contain more meaningful insight
  3. Even on important topics such as commitment to current romantic partners, people tend to think thoughts out of nowhere reveal their true preferences
Source: Carey K. Morewedge, Colleen E. Giblin, Michael I. Norton. The (perceived) meaning of spontaneous thoughts. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 2014

Intuition and Ability

  1. New research suggests that very simple numerical exercises (like determining how many pencils are in each pile of pencils) can significantly improve children’s math solving ability
  2. In the study, first graders who estimated the amount of objects in a pile did approximately a grade better on a subsequent test than the control group
  3. The study is one of the first to demonstrate how cultivating intuition in children can lead to enhanced mathematical performance
Source: Daniel C. Hyde, Saeeda Khanum, Elizabeth S. Spelke. Brief non-symbolic, approximate number practice enhances subsequent exact symbolic arithmetic in children. Cognition, 2014