On further reflection, ISTM that the Village Venus effect is really a case of bounded rationality: if only you were aware of the beauties of other villages you might think different. It’s not really a cognitive bias – there is no distortion. WYSIATI, OTOH, really distorts reality in your perception: you think there is a lot of crime simply because you’ve seen two reports of a mugging a this month, and no reports of people not being mugged. Base rate fallacy could also be said to apply here.

Accidental behavioural economist in search of wisdom. Uses insights from (behavioural) economics in organization development. On Twitter as @koenfucius

Accidental behavioural economist in search of wisdom. Uses insights from (behavioural) economics in organization development. On Twitter as @koenfucius