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

We Worry About the Wrong Things

Five examples of how our minds get hung up on things that are unlikely to affect us, and overlook things more likely to matter.

What Is the Best Path Forward After Terrorism?

Our mind makes intuitive mistakes about how to deal with terrorism in the best manner. This article uses insights from neuroscience to show the best path to deal with terrorism.

Melania’s Alleged Plagiarism: Concordance Model Does Not Fit

Concordance may be a viable theory for some coincidences, but does not apply to the Melania-Michelle parallel.

When the Lying Starts

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on July 20, 2016 in Once Upon a Child
How to understand and discourage lying

Melania's Words Parallel Michelle's: A Coincidence?

Coincidences can have a range of explanations. Concordance is one of them.

More on the Pregnant Cancer Patient: To Terminate or No

The decision to terminate or not is the sole property of the mother, but with steady leadership of her oncologist. Personal moral codes juxtaposed to survival instincts are at play

The Most Inspiring Book I've Read

Want to be blown away by a tale you should already know but likely don't, about brilliant characters who should be as famous as Einstein, but aren't well-known? Read this book.

The Missing Word Is Panic.

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on July 16, 2016 in A Swim in Denial
When aggression triggers a moral reflex, it can be blinding. We use it routinely to pump up heroic violence.

Coincidences and the Non-Moving Violation

Want to create more coincidences? Avoid the non-moving violation.

The Psychology of Temptation

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on July 15, 2016 in A Sideways View
How often are you tempted to commit one of the deadly sins? What do we now think about this very old-fashioned sounding list?

How to Change Unhealthy Habits

Are you tired of your unhealthy habits? If you're ready to make a change, here are 10 clear steps to changing old habits that aren't serving you.

Crowding Out Virtue

By Samuel Bowles on July 14, 2016 in The Moral Economy
Monetary rewards are proposed to promote everything from losing weight to reading books. But an experiment with villagers in Colombia shows that incentives can backfire.

Making Your Inner Monologues More Effective: Use Your Name

If I started emailing myself notes "Dear nervous, hard-working Gina" when stressed, my friends wouldn't think I was getting healthy; they'd think I was going "Fight Club" on them.

The Talk You Must Have Before Your Kid Goes to College

Getting your child ready for college doesn’t just mean arranging dorms and paying tuition, it means having an upfront talk about mental health.
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Decision-Making Made Ridiculously Simple!

By Neil Farber M.D, Ph.D. on July 11, 2016 in The Blame Game
Decision making can be stressful, It's one of the most important things that we do and we do it about 35,000 times every day. These 8 factors are the key to making wise choices.
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

Identity Experimentation in Early and Mid Adolescence

Adolescence is partly about experimentation with self-definition to try out and find out what identity truly fits.

Does It Matter Whether You Pay With Cash Or A Credit Card?

Research shows that pain of spending affects shopper behavior.

Where We Fail Our Children

By Susan B. Winston LMFT on July 09, 2016 in Shift Happens
Our kids are not prepared for life beyond high school. Is it our fault as parents? The fault of our schools? How can we fix this and give our kids the necessary tools for living?

The Best Health Advice

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on July 08, 2016 in Cravings
When it comes to good advice, sometimes you need a friend and sometimes you need a professional.

License to Reject

We got a paper rejected. Big whoop. But the process, oh the process, was so royal, in a Monty-Python kind of way. What recourse is there but comedy?
Ian Balcombe [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

7 Effects of Alcohol Myopia

Alcohol consumption impacts us in many ways—and most of them are not good for us.

8 Traits of Toxic Leadership to Avoid

By Jean Kim M.D. on July 06, 2016 in Culture Shrink
Workplace emotional health depends heavily on leadership. These are 8 bad boss behaviors to watch out for that can lead to stress in the workplace.

Toward a Photo Finish: A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Votes

A picture is worth a thousand votes. Candidate photos are an integral part of elections because viewers are voters. When casting their ballot, citizens both look and listen.

Protecting Our Next Generation

By Joann P. Galst Ph.D. on July 03, 2016 in Fertility Factor
If we wish for the next generation to be better protected from the trauma of infertility, education is needed.

Doubling Down on the Woman Card—a Clinton/Warren Ticket

Will a Clinton-Warren ticket defy stereotypical beliefs about women candidates? Research indicates that these two political powerhouses certainly may do just that.
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Struggling With Tasks That You Don’t Want to Do?

By Gretchen Rubin on July 01, 2016 in The Happiness Project
The chore that feels onerous today may give you a huge boost of satisfaction tomorrow, when it’s behind you.

6 Talks Every Couple Needs to Have Before Marriage

By Peg Streep on July 01, 2016 in Tech Support
You and your partner should tackle these six important topics before you tie the knot.
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Choose in Favor of Happy

Is it possible to just live happy? Stop moping and complaining, and start reaping the benefits of being happy with these 8 steps. Choose to be happy!

Did I Really Just Commit to That?

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on June 28, 2016 in The Dolphin Divide
How ‘Yes’ slips out in spite of ourselves. Why, when a request comes our way, we are often surprised to find ourselves taking on yet another obligation.

Encouraging Independence in Young Children

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on June 28, 2016 in Once Upon a Child
Moving away from neediness and toward confident autonomy in the school-age years.