Hi, I'm Jess.
I'm a researcher and writer.
I'm particularly interested in how better understanding the way people think and behave can help us solve important problems in the world. I try to understand problems from many different perspectives and explain them clearly.
I've just finished a PhD in Behavioural Science at Warwick Business School.
My thesis title was, "The importance of making assumptions: Why confirmation is not necessarily a bias." I argued that the evidence for confirmation bias is much weaker than most people think, and that this has important practical implications. I think we should spend less time trying to "debias" people, and instead think more about when and why people make assumptions, and the costs and benefits of doing so in different contexts.
I've written about science and psychology for places like Vox, Quartz and Aeon. I also (try to) blog regularly, as a way of exploring ideas I'm currently thinking about or interested in, and sharing those ideas with others.