Does this behavioral bias have a name?
January 5, 2013 10:48 AM Subscribe
I’m interested in learning more about the phenomenon where people who experience a particular scenario become especially focused on that scenario, to the exclusion of other scenarios that may be statistically more likely, and possibly even leading to irrational or risky behavior.
posted by payoto to Society & Culture (9 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I don’t know if there is an economics name for this phenomenon. “Experience bias”?
To give an example of what I mean: My grandparents were once in a vehicle accident. Because they were not wearing seat belts, my grandfather was thrown forward and avoided being impaled by a rod that was dislodged from the vehicle roof in the accident. He never wore a seat belt again and told that story to warn others of the dangers of seat belts.
I see other, more benign examples of this. For example, a good friend of my father’s fell asleep at the wheel and died. My father is hyper focused on not driving while tired and warns other people about it, which is great, but he seems to ignore other dangerous driving behaviors like speeding or simply spending a lot of time on the road.
Is this a thing? I am interested in reading more about it, whether academic discussions or just personal anecdotes.