The list of cognitive biases that mess with our decision making is depressingly long. With this huge array of faulty assumptions, wonky estimating, and emotional irrationalities afflicting our brains, it sometimes seems like a small miracle that we make good choices as often as we do.

So what do you do to get rid of at least some of these impediments to clear thinking? There are fabulous books and talks that can raise your awareness of these decision-making pitfalls and give you some strategies to short circuit them in the moment, but perhaps one of the best ways to clear your mind of cognitive biases is to get really good at poker.

That's the argument of this great, short Big Think talk from professional poker player Liv Boeree (hat tip to cool design blog Swiss Miss). In it she outlines four common cognitive biases that people face both at the poker table and in the business world, and explains how the best gamblers learn to spot and dismiss these biases as soon as they rear their ugly heads.

"Poker teaches you to detach yourself from how you got there and just go, 'OK, this is my situation right now. What's the best procedure going forward?'" Boeree concludes, summing up what she's learned winning poker tournaments.

Want to hear more? Check out the complete six-minute talk below to learn about each bias in greater detail.

Published on: Oct 16, 2017