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Exploring Social Cognition

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Judgmental Heuristics

What are Judgmental Heuristics?

Judgmental Heuristics are mental shortcuts that society uses to make judgments quickly and efficiently.


There are three judgmental heuristics that are prominent in the social world, including; the availabiliy, representative and anchoring and adustment heuristics.  These judgmental heuristics do not always guarantee that individuals will make accurate inferences about society.  Further more, judgmental heuristics do not necessarily lead to the best decisions.