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the belief that you know in advance what you will see or hear, which affects what you actually think you see or hear. Expectation bias in ATC means that there is a strong belief or mindset that a particular outcome will happen, or there is a particular cause for a situation, even when there is evidence to the contrary. Expectation bias is reinforced by previous experience of situations which have features in common with the current situation.
source: ICAO English Pro Aviation Glossary
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