Psychology explains why this photo of a London woman in a hijab stirs up hidden biases — Quartz

More and more I’m really enjoying Quartz as a source of news and interesting items often overlooked by other news outlets. And, of course, if it has to do with psychology and current events, it catches my eye. This article addressing the now famous picture of a woman in a hijab passing the London terror attack. Enjoy the article, y’all.

Psychology explains why this photo of a London woman in a hijab stirs up hidden biases

Confirmation bias, selection bias, and the picture superiority effect.

After a knife and car attack left several dead in London on March 22, a disturbing photo has been circulating on the internet, showing a woman looking at her phone as she walks past the crime scene. Some commenters have interpreted the image as proof of indifference. But that interpretation is the result of several perceptual errors well-known in psychology.

Continue reading at Quartz: Westminster attack and woman in hijab: anti-Muslim advocates are playing with your cognitive bias — Quartz

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