Availability Heuristic: Examples & Definition


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Which of the following is LEAST likely to contribute to the availability heuristic:

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1. Why doesn't the availability heuristic guarantee a correct conclusion? Please choose the best answer.

2. John believes that planes are more dangerous than cars. What might the availability heuristic tell us about John?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Heuristics affect the way we perceive the world on a day to day basis. One of the most influential heuristics is the availability heuristic. Complete these assessments to test your understanding of the nature of this heuristic and what factors affect its strength.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test your knowledge about:

  • What contributes to the availability heuristics
  • The nature and accuracy of heuristics
  • Examples of applying the availability heuristic

Skills Practiced

Completing this quiz-worksheet set will also allow you to practice:

  • Making connections - use your understanding of the concepts of the availability heuristic
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding heuristics
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about beliefs and associations in a different light

Additional Learning

In conjunction with completing these activities, review the lesson titled Availability Heuristic: Examples & Definition to ensure you know what you need to know about this influential heuristic. In doing so, make it your goal to know the following:

  • The definition of a heuristic
  • What the availability heuristic is and how it works
  • How exposure to media and drama affect the availability heuristic
  • The quality of events that can affect the availability heuristic