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By Daniel Roberts | Decision Making, Thinking and Neroscience

Scientists discover brain's neural switch for becoming an alpha male

Timid mice turn bold after their ‘alpha’ circuit is stimulated as results show ‘winner effect’ lingers on and mechanism may be similar in humans<p>Brash, brawny and keen to impose their will on anyone who enters their sphere of existence: the alpha male in action is unmistakable.<p>Now scientists claim …

Neuroscience

AI could save us from making poor decisions

Even as the masses begin to settle into the idea that a great many jobs can be automated by AI, they still cling to the notion that jobs involving “judgment” are safe.<p>One can appreciate why people keep human judgement on such an exalted pedestal, after all, every great advancement in science or …

Jeremy Lin

15 Tips to Help You Make the Most Important Decisions | World of Psychology

Decision-making doesn’t always come easy. For me, it took many years and a great deal of practice to feel comfortable and confident of the choices …

Management

Since You're No Steve Jobs -- 7 Proven Decision-Making Hacks For Product Managers

Steve Jobs was an iconic product genius. Many product managers want to be like Steve Jobs, but they’re not. And that’s not all bad. Aspiring to Steve’s amazing product vision is laudable. But luckily most product people are not abusive jerks. That is because unlike Steve Jobs, you are a product</i> …

Management

What's the Difference Between Deductive and Inductive Reasoning?

Deductive reasoning and inductive reasoning are two different approaches to conducting scientific research. With deductive reasoning, a researcher …

Critical Thinking

The cognitive trick that elite athletes use to achieve seemingly impossible goals

In July 2011, I was crawling down the aisle of a plane on my hands and knees while passengers screamed around me. We were on a flight from Spain to the US, and we thought our number was up.<p>The plane had hit a bout of extreme turbulence just as I’d left the restroom, causing the aircraft to shake …

Ultramarathons

The Explainer: Hidden Traps in Decision-Making

New research reveals a personality trait that can make you a better decision-maker

In the personal context, making good decisions is the difference between having the life you want and forever wondering what could have been.<p>In the political one, it's the difference between war and peace, prosperity and want. In the business world, it's what separates seven-figure paydays from …

The trick to persuading people you’re right, according to experimental psychology

It’s an old trope that humans don’t like change—especially when it comes to their opinions. Ancient Greek philosophers complained about the masses refusing to heed their advice. Scholars spearheading the scientific revolution in the 17th century bemoaned their predecessors’ stubbornness. And today, …

5 cognitive biases that are killing your decisions

It’s hard to accept that what holds us back from reaching our potential is all in our head.<p>While it may be a bit of a cliche, we really are our own …

175 Reasons Why You Don't Think Clearly

Cognitive biases impact all your perceptions and decisions. All of them.<p>Professionals like to talk with pride about how they make “data-driven” decisions. They express faith in logic and disciplined analysis. Many scoff at others who confess to trusting their gut and going with their …

Behavior

The dark side of the brain: Too much emotional intelligence is a bad thing

A new study suggests that profound empathy may come at a price<p>Recognizing when a friend or colleague feels sad, angry or surprised is key to getting along with others. But a new study suggests that a knack for eavesdropping on feelings may sometimes come with an extra dose of stress. This and other …

Science Just Discovered a Dead Simple Trick to Boost Concentration

Actually, some types of multitasking might be a good idea after all, according to the latest research.<p>You've probably heard that multitasking will rot your brain. I've written plenty of posts on the subject myself. Here's one saying that doing two or more things at once makes you as dumb as being …

Productivity

Science can help you reach enlightenment — but will it mess with your head?

A Navy SEAL, broad-chested and strongly built, floats peacefully on the water, as his recent deployment to a war-torn country becomes a distant …

Your brain as laboratory: The science of meditation

The idea that meditation is actually a form of research is gaining respect<p>Meditation has surged in popularity in recent years, from a fringe interest to a mainstream trend championed by therapists, scientists and celebrities. As part of this shift, misconceptions and dismissals have given way to …

How Simple Brain Science Predicts The Success Of Your Business

What if starting a successful business, or launching a new product, was so straightforward and predictable that it became a simple science? And imagine if you got your hands on that scientific formula, you’d be rich. Well as it turns out, a neuroscientist has created the formula, and he’s not …

Entrepreneurship

SBA Offers Tips for Wise Decision-Making

Sponsored By:<br>Blank<p>YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – As you manage your business, you will be faced with important decisions that may impact the future of your …

Decision Tree Analysis, a great decision making tool incl. template and example

This article describes the <b>Decision Tree Analysis</b> in a practical way. After reading you will understand the basics of this powerful <b>decision making</b> and</b> …

Want to be a better critical thinker? Here’s how to spot false narratives and “weaponized lies”

This weekend on <i>Face the Nation,</i> White House chief of staff Reince Priebus defended US president Donald Trump’s declaration that the American press is “the enemy.” “Certainly we would never condone violence,” Priebus said. “But I do think we condone <i>critical thought</i>.”<p>Add Priebus to a long list of …

How to escape the overthinking trap: stop judging yourself

The despair from comparing ourselves with others is the original fake news. We need to develop a new relationship with our thoughts<p>Before Christmas I took a young relative to a jazz concert. The thought of it ruined his whole day. He scuffed around the house like an alt-right voter at a refugee …

Fake News

The potential benefits of mental distractions for the aging brain

<i>This is part of a series on aging well.</i><p>Focus, focus, focus. This mantra for success is drilled into us from childhood all the way up to our working years. In older adults, however, there may be an upside to a wandering mind.<p>Mental distractions may help reinforce memory in adults 60 and older – but …

The Brain

Social media loves echo chambers, but the human brain helps create them

In the week since Donald Trump’s victory, debate has raged over the role played by social media in the US election. Both Trump and his campaign’s digital director have partially credited social networks for his win, and Mark Zuckerberg has been under huge pressure to tackle the proliferation of …

Social Media

Decision-making: Primitive reward-driven behaviors may bias the information people choose to sample: Pavlovian approach, like confirmation bias, may underlie behaviors that seem irrational

Pavlovian approach, like confirmation bias, may underlie behaviors that seem irrational<p>The way people make decisions often seems irrational. One …

The strange psychology of stress and burnout

You shouldn’t underestimate the positive power of having a degree of stress in your life. Identifying the tipping point, where stress turns to burnout, is the key.<p>As a neonatal nurse, Jennifer Welker learned to thrive under stress.<p>Rather than allowing the pain of handling a sick infant to affect …

Wellness

4 Decision Making Strategies That Will Give You Instant Peace of Mind

<b>Editor’s note</b>: this is a guest post from Stephen RoeIt’s maddening, isn’t it?When friends or family have a big decision in front of them, they nearly …

Self-improvement

5 Signs You're About To Make a Bad Career Decision

Most of the choices we make every day are simple and straight-forward: what to wear to work, what to eat for lunch, whether to go to sleep at a reasonable hour or stay up watching Netflix. They don’t cause much stress or inner conflict.<p>Career transition points, on the other hand, can leave you …

Mind

Hard of hearing? It's not your ears, it's your brain

The reason you may have to say something twice when talking to older family members at Thanksgiving dinner may not be because of their hearing. …

Do brain-training exercises really work?

<b>(CNN) —</b> A battle has been brewing over whether brain training really works, leaving consumers stuck in the middle, scratching their heads.<p>Many experts believe that brain-training programs are a waste of money. They roll their eyes at the idea that using such computerized programs can improve …

The Brain