We’ve been discussing the Halo Effect today. Here’s a specific definition:
“The halo effect or halo error is a cognitive bias in which one’s judgments of a person’s character can be influenced by one’s overall impression of him or her. It can be found in a range of situations from the courtroom to the classroom and in everyday interactions. The halo effect was given its name by psychologist Edward Thorndike; subsequent researchers have studied it in relation to attractiveness and its bearing on the judicial and educational systems.”
Source: the ever reliable Wikipedia
So, here are my thoughts.
1.) It does, in fact, exist (so says Edward Thorndike)
2.) I benefit/have benefitted from it
3.) It’s total crap and mean, but it’s attributed to biological tendencies
4.) One day, I will NOT benefit from the Halo Effect and will probably be all upset about it anyway
If you haven’t figured out already, my opinions are never very black or white… I’m tricky that way.
Onto something more fun. Check out these Justin Timberlake dance GIFs:
Bestowing upon us his magical dance moves. Bless his heart.
Enjoy your Tuesday!