Hi, I'm Jess.

 

 

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I'm a writer and researcher

focused on improving human decision-making in order to better solve important problems in the world. I have a PhD in Behavioural Science, and have consulted for various parts of the UK government on behavioural science and evidence-based policy.

I've also worked as a freelance journalist, and have written about science and psychology for places like VoxQuartz and Aeon. I enjoy trying to understand problems from different perspectives, and to explain them clearly.

In my PhD thesis, 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. You can read a shorter summary of my thesis here.

I'm currently based in London, UK.