Hi, I'm Jess.
Sometimes the most useful advice someone can give you isn't advice at all - it's a question which makes you think differently about something you already know. But other people aren't the only ones who can ask you questions - you can also question yourself!
Often when asking for 'advice', we think what we want is someone else's opinion on a matter. But often this isn't that useful - because we don't know what assumptions and thought processes led to that judgement. In particular, it can make things tricky if you get very different opinions from different people. Instead, I think it's more helpful to explicitly ask people for help with structuring a decision/problem, or to point out useful considerations or pieces of information that you might be missing.
A lot of people say they find writing hard. But what exactly makes writing so difficult? Just putting random words on paper is easy. What’s difficult is turning those words into sentences that really express the ideas you’re trying to convey.
I’m a Research fellow at the Behavioural Insights Team, & A PhD student in Behavioural Science at Warwick Business School.
I think a lot about how better understanding the way people think and behave can help us solve important problems in the world.
My PhD focuses on how our view of the world is shaped (and often biased) by the information we choose to seek out and pay attention to, and why it can be so hard to engage with viewpoints that challenge our current views. I'm particularly interested in the applications this has to reducing intergroup conflict and ideological extremism.
Sometimes I write things.
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.
I'm trying to use my life to make the world a better place.