The Ref Needs (To Lose The Bias) Glasses!

Well, who’d have thought it?

BPS Research Digest – How The Home Crowd Affects Football Referees’ Decisions

As rational people, professionals choose to believe that they’re perfectly capable of being impartial, not being swayed or influenced by partisan perspectives. And yet, there’s something about the research findings shared in this article that feel absolutely predictable to anyone who is a regular sports spectator.

So, the next time you hear a sportsman or coach sending out a message to the home crowd to turn out and ‘be the extra man’, you’ll know to take it seriously.

One of my hopes is that research like this will lead to further study of influence and susceptibility which can prove very useful for teachers who have to be as impartial as possible between large groups of students.

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