Chocolate or strawberry? Life or death? We make so many quick decisions unconsciously; others we agonize over. We choose actions and form opinions via mental processes which are influenced by biases, reason, emotions, and memories. Some question whether we really even have free will; others believe it is well within our power to make choices that will lead to greater well-being. Here's a reading list to tackle while you're on that fence.

Recent posts on Decision-Making

Coping With Outrage Fatigue

By David J Ley Ph.D. on September 25, 2017 in Women Who Stray
Are you running out of steam, being constantly upset about things that don't seem to change? You're not alone.

Frightened by Your Doctor’s Recommendation?

By Peter Edelstein M.D. on September 25, 2017 in Patient Power
Not every test that a physician recommends is truly the best for you. Know what you should do and the questions to ask to determine the safest route to better health.

How Long Does Public Empathy Last After a Natural Disaster?

By Utpal Dholakia on September 24, 2017 in The Science Behind Behavior
The empathy of bystanders peaks quickly, and within a few weeks, it has abated to baseline levels.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Dinner at Home or Do We Go Out?

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on September 24, 2017 in Life, Refracted
Cultural and generational changes in how we approach food color how we use food to express love. We can choose to cook, or gather, organize or ignore opportunities for feeding.

Refining the Definition of Synchronicity

Our cosmos is finely tuned by numerous constants without which life on Earth would not be. Some of these coincidences have probabilities much lower than any personal coincidence.
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Your Teen Needs More Sleep

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
A game plan for helping teens sleep better.

Fluid Hard-Lining: A Gaslighter’s Favorite Trick

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in Ambigamy
Gaslighters draw a hard line between good and bad, and fluidly wriggle the line to always put their victims on the bad side.
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The Winner Shouldn't Take It All

By Chengwei Liu Ph.D. on September 18, 2017 in Decisions Defined
The winner shouldn't take it all because many of them are simply the luckiest.

iPhone X: Yes Or No?

By Susan Weinschenk Ph.D. on September 16, 2017 in Brain Wise
Whether or not you buy the new iPhone X depends in part on whether you are making a habit based decision or a value based decision.
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Explaining Delusional Thinking

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on September 15, 2017 in Science of Choice
The dual-process framework of decision-making can provide some insights into the theory of delusional belief.

Synchronicities Imply That Meaning Exists Outside of Us

How does coincidence counseling work? Here is a specific example involving a rare disease, a patient, and the two doctors.

Pure-ly Delicious

The evidence against many current dietary recommendations is becoming impossible to ignore. It's time once again to enjoy an omelet and crack a few eggs.

Fighting the Normalization of Post-Truth Politics

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in Intentional Insights
We should be deeply concerned with the normalization of post-truth politics. Fortunately, psychological strategies provide a way to combat this problem.

They Won't Stop Because They Can't Stop: Part 2

“It was like watching a movie, one where you know something bad is about to happen to the main character, and you hope that somehow he escapes danger." James B.

Online Romantics

By Yair Amichai-Hamburger Ph.D. on September 11, 2017 in The Social Net
Do more romantic options lead to better decisions?

3 Tips to Donate Effectively After a Natural Disaster

By Utpal Dholakia on September 10, 2017 in The Science Behind Behavior
Giving cash, staggering donations, and vetting the charities you give to will ensure your donation has a greater impact.

How Speaking a Second Language Affects the Way You Think

By David Ludden Ph.D. on September 09, 2017 in Talking Apes
The effort of speaking a second language impacts decision-making processes, but in unexpected ways.

College, 2017 to 2018

The arrival of the smartphone has changed every aspect of teenage life, from social interactions to mental health. It's time for colleges to change their approach as well.

The War on Experts

By Gary Klein Ph.D. on September 06, 2017 in Seeing What Others Don't
Countering the exaggerated claims of researchers in the fields of Decision Making, Heuristics and Biases, Evidence-Based Performance, Sociology, and Information Technology.

Trump's Transgender Gaslighting

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Is the Trump administration's spin around the transgender directive gaslighting the transgender community?

Upscale “Shop ‘til You Drop” is for Poor Extraverts

By Kevin Bennett on September 05, 2017 in Modern Minds
Why do low-income extraverts spend more on "high status" luxury goods compared to low-income introverts? New research shows how status-shopping interacts with personality.

Sexual Assault on Campus, Part 2

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Social Lights
More strategies for students and parents.

I Can't Afford That

Are we substituting financial concern for something unrelated?

3 Ways Your Childhood Shaped the Core Beliefs You Hold On To

The simple life lessons you learned in childhood influence the choices you make as an adult.

Pressing the Button

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 02, 2017 in How To Do Life
At death’s door, she revisits her life.

Parents, Please Don't Attend Your Child's Job Interview

A survey reveals that parents are getting more involved in their adult children's careers. And it's doing more harm than good.

Synchronicity and Symbols

Coincidence awareness can be expanded to the signs and symbols of daily life.

Empathy and Morality

By Mark B. Baer, Esq. on September 01, 2017 in Empathy and Relationships
How are your moral judgments impacting human society?
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The Debate Over an Egg Donor Registry

By Diane M. Tober Ph.D. on August 31, 2017 in The Age of Biotech
Is the quest for an egg donor registry emotional? Or a matter of scientific/medical ethics?

Should You Donate to Disaster Relief?

Disasters capture our attention and emotions, but we may do more good by ditching empathy as a moral guide.