Thin-slicing is a term used in psychology and philosophy to describe the ability to find patterns in events based only on "thin slices," or narrow windows, of experience. The term seems to have been coined in 1992 by Nalini Ambady and Robert Rosenthal in a paper in the Psychological Bulletin.

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Thin-slicing - Experiments - Examples in Everyday Life
... as déjà vu happen within the same time frame of thin-slicing and might also have a direct correlation ... Many other uses of thin-slicing are implied and seen throughout the media such as firemen making split-second decisions, or cops knowing something is wrong ... All these imply and show that thin-slicing actually occurs and is a fact of life that actually occurs within everyone ...