Cognitive miser

"Users aren’t stupid, they’re unmotivated. In social cognition, the term is cognitive miser."[1]

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"To conserve mental resources, we generally tend to favor quick decisions based on learned rules and heuristics."[1]

“... [the security system] must be easy to use and must neither require stress of mind nor the knowledge of a long series of rules...”[2]


Social psychologyEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ryan West (April 2008). "The psychology of security". Communications of the ACM 51 (4): 34-41. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  2. Auguste Kerckhoffs (1883). La cryptographie militaire. 

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