Find Out How to Avoid Repeating Poker Mistakes

How to Avoid Repeating Poker Mistakes

How to Avoid Repeating Poker Mistakes
Who can avoid making mistakes? To err is human and its part of being human, right? It would be great, if we could avoid the repeating mistakes over and over again.

Robert Woolley draws on recent research in human psychology for three lessons about how we can learn to avoid making the same poker mistakes. Robert Woolley recently read an article titled “Why Mistakes Are Often Repeated” in Atlantic magazine written by Olga Khazan. We will find out how he summarizes recent research in human psychology in the same ways instead of learning how to do better.

For example, she describes a study done by Roozbeh Kiani at New York University:

“The study participants watched a collection of moving dots on a screen, and then used their eyes to indicate the direction in which they thought the majority of the dots were traveling. Both humans and monkeys took longer to make their next decisions after a wrong answer, with the effect more pronounced for difficult choices than for easier ones. The slowness didn’t make them likelier to be right, though, suggesting that the subjects were consistently using weaker information to decide.

The reason for the reliance on worse information might be that “the brain gets involved in a quest to understand why the error took place,” Kiani said. It tries to figure out, why did this error happen? Did something about the world change? Is there something wrong with me? “The negative feedback triggers a cascade of computations,” Kiani said, which distract from the decision at hand.

In the study, this didn’t happen when researchers had subjects wait a
short while before attempting the task again. That pause gave subjects’ brains a chance to recover from the negative feedback. In other words, if you’re playing basketball, and you keep missing baskets, it might be best to try again another day.” Read More