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Smog, Cognition and Real-World Decision Making

Cognitive functioning is critical as in our daily life a host of real-world complex decisions in high-stakes markets have to be made. The decision-making process can be vulnerable to environmental stressors. Summarizing the growing economic and epidemiologic evidence linking air pollution, cognition performance … Continue reading

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How to Make a Decision Without Making a Decision

When I first saw a decision being made without any decision-making I was trapped with hundreds of my fellow community members in a fertilizer factory in Western Colorado. The place stank like anything, and it was stifling hot. The towering … Continue reading

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How we make emotional decisions

Neuroscientists identify a brain circuit that controls decisions that induce high anxiety. Since sons arouse far more anxiety than others. Among the most anxiety-provoking are those that involve options with both positive and negative elements, such choosing to take a … Continue reading

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Group learning makes children better decision-makers

Children who participate in collaborative group work to learn about significant social issues become better decision-makers than their peers who learn the same curriculum through teacher-led discussions, a new study finds. More than 760 fifth-grade students were involved in the … Continue reading

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Cognitive costs of decision-making strategies

Several theories of cognition distinguish between strategies that differ in the mental effort that their use requires. But how can the effort—or cognitive costs—associated with a strategy be conceptualized and measured? We propose an approach that decomposes the effort a … Continue reading

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People on the left and right use different cognitive systems to make moral judgments

New research from Australia suggests that political liberals and conservatives rely on different cognitive “systems” when making moral judgments. The study was based on what is known as dual process theory, which has been popularized by psychologist Daniel Kahneman. The theory … Continue reading

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The Origins of Collective Decision Making

By uncovering their histories, Andy Blunden’s Origins of Collective Decision Making reveals a great deal about the character and feel of the consensus and majority decision-making paradigms. Blunden takes up a question that has received curiously little attention from scholars: … Continue reading

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Reasons why Poverty Reduces Self-Control

When considering poverty, our national conversation often turns to its origins. It is natural for us to look for attributes of a person that led him or her to poverty, such as poor self-control. David Brooks of The New York … Continue reading

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Models of Affective Decision Making – How do Feelings Predict Choice?

Intuitively, how you feel about potential outcomes will determine your decisions. Indeed, an implicit assumption in one of the most influential theories in psychology, prospect theory, is that feelings govern choice. Surprisingly, however, very little is known about the rules … Continue reading

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enSwarm – Swarm Facilitation and Decision Making

enSwarm provides companies and organisations with “swarm” based facilitation software tools that improve group efficiency and collaborative working.  Our software provides a structure for facilitated workshops that incentivises people to behave in a more collaborative way.  We want to enhance … Continue reading

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