It was an offer I never thought I’d pass up. My local supermarket let me know they’d already given me a $25 credit. I could see the money sitting right there in my account. All I had to do was try online grocery delivery within the next week. But when I missed the deadline, they took the money BACK!
The HALO EFFECT is our brain’s little shortcut for efficiently remembering the zillions of people who parade through our lives. Unfortunately, all our brains are inherently lazy.
So when our overtaxed cranium evaluates new people, it isn’t really looking for a nuanced profile of that person. Our brain prefers a mere top-line analysis so that it can get back to binge watching cat videos.