It’s Day 2 of March Madness! How is your bracket holding up? I’m tied for 35th (out of 47) in my friend’s pool. Ouch!
Do you rely on gut feelings, statistics, expert opinions, or emotions?
I recently heard that 65% of the time, a #12 seed beats a #5 seed in round 1. I wish I knew that before I submitted my bracket, and I might have selected Richmond over Vanderbilt. I did however, correctly choose Gonzaga to beat St. John’s, but admittedly it was not due to a statistical analysis. I just like the name Gonzaga. Would you like to know why I never choose Stanford to win any games? It’s because I intensely dislike their mascot.
Sometimes it’s fun to let emotions override critical thinking. Picking a winning bracket is fun and not a life-threatening decision, so I let down my rational guard and let my gut feelings rule for a change. There’s something satisfying about writing your favorite team’s name in the winner spot. Is there anything wrong with that?
Do you ever let hope or emotions override your brain when the consequences are minor?
Who did you choose to win it all? How did you make your decisions?
Editor’s Note: Breanne Harris is the Solutions Architect for Pearson TalentLens. She works with customers to design selection and development plans that incorporate critical thinking assessments and training. She has a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology and has experience in recruiting, training, and HR consulting. She is the chief blogger for Critical Thinkers and occasionally posts at ThinkWatson. Connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter for more of her thoughts.