illusory correlation


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illusory correlation

[i‚lü·zə·rē ‚kä·rə′lā·shən]
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Illusory correlation in interpersonal perception: A cognitive basis of stereotypic judgments.
The illusory correlation bias occurs when two economic series appear to have an extremely tight statistical relationship when there is little or no theoretical link between the two variables.
Research repeatedly has indicated that people operate under a number of cognitive biases and information processing limitations such as illusory correlation, cognitive overload, and overconfidence.