Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Excellent Guidebook On Cognitive Biases, Free To Download (Royal Society Of Account Planning)

OK, so the Royal Society of Accounting Planning is a bit of a joke but the document that Eric Fernandez has put together on different kinds of cognitive biases is actually quite useful for anyone teaching or training analysts.  

Even better, all the text is licensed under Creative Commons and all the pictures are either public domain or also licensed under Creative Commons which means you can download it, remix it and share it as you see fit.

One warning, though:  Much of the information comes from Wikipedia and is currently under revision (to a large extent due to the first version of this publication).  Fernandez has highlighted this by indicating that this publication is in "Beta" and has included a prominent warning label on the front cover.

That said, it is still a useful and engaging compilation of biases that could easily serve as a supplement to a variety of analytic methods or critical thinking courses.

While I have posted the full document below, you can also go here to download it.

Finally, many thanks to all of the alumni and friends who pointed this document out to me!  

Cognitive Biases - A Visual Study Guide
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