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Bias for Beginners: how decisions and beliefs get skewed

Dr. M. L. Poulter "Bias and Belief"
 
Mistakes Were Made (but Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions and Hurtful Acts
Mistakes Were Made (but Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions and Hurtful Acts
"It's as good as the title implies. Self-justification, cognitive dissonance and why good people do bad things"
Irrationality
Irrationality
"This was the book that got me into the whole area. A great starting point, covering many examples of personal and organisational bias"
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions
"A quirky selection of research from a very likeable psychologist/behavioural economist. Not systematic but impassioned in its criticism of rational choice economics."
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness
"Applies bias theory to questions of public policy, including the intriguing recommendation that we privatise marriage."
A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives
A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives
"More up-to-date than "Irrationality", another good starting point on cognitive biases with interesting material about sexism, racism and other stereotypes."
Inevitable Illusions: How Mistakes of Reason Rule Our Mind (Life Sciences)
Inevitable Illusions: How Mistakes of Reason Rule Our Mind (Life Sciences)
"Not as broad or as accessible as some of the others, but a good summary of lots of the academic literature on cognitive illusions"
How We Know What isn't So: Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life
How We Know What isn't So: Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life
"Old but one of the very best-written, and by a prominent researcher. Goes on the attack against alternative medicine."
Influence: Science and Practice
Influence: Science and Practice
"Still a classic: with experiments and some undercover work, a psychologist finds out how marketers use our biases and heuristics to make us comply."
Stumbling on Happiness (P.S.)
Stumbling on Happiness (P.S.)
"Surveys an amazing breadth of bias research in the course of examining why we humans are so bad at being happy."
Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious
Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious
"A real overlooked classic: after a slow first few chapters it gets into why our knowledge of ourselves is so bad, with implications for happiness amongst other things"
Cognitive Illusions: A Handbook on Fallacies and Biases in Thinking, Judgement and Memory
Cognitive Illusions: A Handbook on Fallacies and Biases in Thinking, Judgement and Memory
"A serious academic textbook, unlike the above popularisations. Essential if you want to learn about the controversies in cognitive bias research, even explaining how to do your own experiments."