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  • With Distance Comes Greater Wisdom

    June 9, 2014 By Jaleesa Baulkman, University Herald People who distance themselves from a troubling personal dilemma are more likely to think wisely about it, according to a recent study. Researchers from the University of Waterloo found that greater wisdom comes when people reflect on a relationship...
     Posted by: brendah
  • Thinking in a Foreign Language Could Sway Your Moral Judgments

    May 19, 2014 By Brandon Keim, Wired Would you kill one person to save five? This cruel dilemma pits the principle of thou-shalt-not-kill against simple math: Five is greater than one. But presumably it’s a dilemma each person solves the same way each time, unaffected by superficial things like the language...
     Posted by: brendah
  • Using A Foreign Language Influences Your Sense of Morality

    by Eva de Lozanne, United Academics Magazine In an other language you make different moral choices. Moral judgement is often considered to be a fixed given, based on deep-seated ideas on what is morally right and morally wrong. But, however counter-intuitive it may seem: recent research shows that people...
     Posted by: brendah
  • Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing

    By Robert J. Zatorre and Valorie N. Salimpoor, The New York Times Music is not tangible. You can’t eat it, drink it or mate with it. It doesn’t protect against the rain, wind or cold. It doesn’t vanquish predators or mend broken bones. And yet humans have always prized music — or well beyond prized,...
     Posted by: brendah
  • Why Do Investors Make Bad Choices?

    Apr 9, 2014 By Cass R. Sunstein, Bloomberg View For many years, I have studied human behavior, including the mistakes occasionally made by fallible people, including investors. But a few years ago, I made a really dumb investment decision. In a single day, I hit the trifecta, committing at least three...
     Posted by: brendah
  • QnAs with Daniel Kahneman

    Nair, P. (2013). QnAs with Daniel Kahneman. PNAS. August 20, 2013 vol. 110 no. 34 13696 . Abstract: The science of human decision-making has long been a stronghold of psychologists. Among the voices that abound in the literature on how people make choices, one scholarly voice has remained strident through...
     Posted by: brendah
  • Six Ways Our Brains Make Bad Financial Decisions

    Dan Ariely and Nina Mazar, Special to The Globe and Mail We all do it: hold on to a stock when every indicator screams sell, or spend our entire bonus on a new car instead of paying off debt. A whole new area of science called behavioural economics, or BE – a blend of psychology, economics, finance and...
     Posted by: brendah
  • Making Markets Safer

    David Tuckett, Huff Post Business The following is excerpted from Minding the Markets: An Emotional Finance View of Financial Instability . The financial crisis of 2008 was ruinous. It has provoked many commentaries, articles and books. But will it produce change and can this change make a difference...
     Posted by: brendah
  • Creative Thinking: The roots of adult wisdom sink deep into childhood lessons

    By Mark Ballard, Special to The Telegraph When I was growing up, no matter what the situation or issue was, I could always talk to my parents to receive comfort and advice. Whether I had been mistreated in some way, needed to be reassured about something or simply wanted to know what I should do, both...
     Posted by: brendah
  • In Decision-Making, It Might Be Worth Trusting Your Gut

    By ScienceBlog Turns out the trope is true: You should trust your gut — as long as you’re an expert. So says a new study from researchers at Rice University, George Mason University and Boston College. “How expert someone is within a particular domain has a positive impact on their ability to make an...
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  • From Bricolage to Collage: The Making of Decisions at a Weather Forecast Office (2015)

    This article elaborates the process of decision making in organizational environments characterized by disciplined improvisation. Building on an ethnography of forecasting operations at the National Weather Service, it introduces “collage” as a mediating concept between information bricolage and the...
    (My publication) Posted by: pdaipha
  • Simply Rational: Decision Making in the Real World (2015)

    Abstract : Statistical illiteracy can have an enormously negative impact on decision making. This book brings together applied and theoretical research on risks and decision making across the fields of medicine, psychology, and economics. Collectively, the chapters demonstrate why the frame in which...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Ethical Challenges in the Behavioral and Brain Sciences: Case Studies and Commentaries (2015)

    In recent years, a growing number of scientific careers have been brought down by scientists' failure to satisfactorily confront ethical challenges. Scientists need to learn early on what constitutes acceptable ethical behavior in their professions. Ethical Challenges in the Behavioral and Brain...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: brendah
  • How Humanity Might Avoid Devastation (2015)

    We face grave global problems. One might think universities are doing all they can to help solve these problems. But universities, in successfully pursuing scientific knowledge and technological know-how in a way that is dissociated from a more fundamental concern with problems of living, have actually...
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
  • The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why Being Your Whole Self--Not Just Your "Good" Self--Drives Success and Fulfillment (2014)

    In The Upside of Your Dark Side , two pioneering researchers in the field of psychology show that while mindfulness, kindness, and positivity can take us far, they cannot take us all the way. Sometimes, they can even hold us back. Emotions such as anger, anxiety, guilt, and sadness might feel uncomfortable...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: brendah
  • Building Wisdom and Character (2014)

    Health, Happiness, and Well-Being by authors Steven Jay Lynn, William T. O’Donohue, and Scott O. Lilienfeld provides the essential tools for becoming a knowledgeable consumer of information on behavioral health. Packed with examples drawn from the media and scientific journals, this volume discusses...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: brendah
  • The Complex Relation Between Morality and Empathy (2014)

    Morality and empathy are fundamental components of human nature across cultures. However, the wealth of empirical findings from developmental, behavioral, and social neuroscience demonstrates a complex relation between morality and empathy. At times, empathy guides moral judgment, yet other times empathy...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: brendah
  • Practicing Medicine and Ethics: Integrating Wisdom, Conscience, and Goals of Care (2014)

    To practice medicine and ethics, physicians need wisdom and integrity to integrate scientific knowledge, patient preferences, their own moral commitments, and society's expectations. This work of integration requires a physician to pursue certain goals of care, determine moral priorities, and understand...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: brendah
  • Your Morals Depend on Language (2014)

    Abstract: Should you sacrifice one man to save five? Whatever your answer, it should not depend on whether you were asked the question in your native language or a foreign tongue so long as you understood the problem. And yet here we report evidence that people using a foreign language make substantially...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: brendah
  • Damage to Insula Abolishes Cognitive Distortions during Simulated Gambling (2014)

    Abstract: Gambling is a naturalistic example of risky decision-making. During gambling, players typically display an array of cognitive biases that create a distorted expectancy of winning. This study investigated brain regions underpinning gambling-related cognitive distortions, contrasting patients...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: brendah
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