An influential theory about emotion and decision-making just failed a new test It’s a common belief that to make optimal decisions we need to be more logical and less emotional, rather like Mr Spock in Star Trek. In fact, much … Continue reading Somatic markers at work
To survive in an increasingly unpredictable world, we need to train our brains to embrace uncertainty We don’t like experts to express uncertainty. Imagine a politician running for president who promises “I’ll try to make good decisions most of the … Continue reading The uncertainty embracers
Everyone thinks you should read this I have coauthored a lot of academic essays, but finally, I’ve produced something that everyone absolutely loves. Wow. Just wow. In a recent paper, Harvard law fellow Meirav Furth-Matzkin and I explore this question: … Continue reading People are hardly sheep
The Power Of Saying ‘I Don’t Know’ We are conditioned to having and providing quick, confident answers as a sign of competence and leadership. We behave as though any gaps in knowledge should be hidden at all cost. But is … Continue reading The risks of assuming to know
Why do people make bad decisions? ‘Information avoidance’ can explain Investors avoid looking at their financial portfolios when the stock market falls. People at risk of health conditions neglect to take medical tests even when they are free. Voters avoid … Continue reading Are you bad at decision-making?
How two trailbalzing psychologists turned the world of decision science upside down Back in 2003, I published a book called Moneyball, about the Oakland Athletics’ quest to find new and better ways to value baseball players and evaluate baseball strategies. … Continue reading Danny and Amos
Physicians’ political beliefs affect medical treatment Doctors’ political beliefs influence their treatment decisions on politicized health issues like marijuana use, gun safety, and abortion, suggests a new study by Yale University researchers. The researchers surveyed a sample of primary care … Continue reading Are doctors politically biased?