Is there a special name for the cognitive bias that causes a person choose a compromise solution even the extreme solutions are better or causes person prefer a middle value even the extreme values are more suitable?

  • $\begingroup$ conformism .... $\endgroup$
    – Dan
    Oct 27, 2022 at 18:47
  • $\begingroup$ In case you don't just want a name within phenotypical cognitive bias, this could be reduced to degeneracy emphasized by contemporary selectionists such as Edelman, where the dominant computational instructionists' point-to-point wiring would suggest universally statistically most people would prefer an extreme/optimized value for any perceived specific problem without the actual biological variation and diversity. $\endgroup$
    – cinch
    Nov 2, 2022 at 21:41

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This is called extremeness aversion:

Extremeness aversion is the tendency of choice makers to avoid extreme options and choose an intermediate option.

This appears to be a well-replicated robust effect - see meta-analysis by Neumann, Böckenholt, & Sinha (2016).


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