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Straight Choices: The Psychology of Decision Making / Edition 2

Straight Choices: The Psychology of Decision Making / Edition 2


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Should I have this medical treatment or that one?

Is this computer a better buy than that one?

Should I invest in shares or keep my money under the bed?

We all face a perplexing array of decisions every day. Thoroughly revised and updated throughout, the new edition of Straight Choices provides an integrative account of the psychology of decision-making, and shows how psychological research can help us understand our uncertain world.

Straight Choices emphasises the relationship between learning and decision-making, arguing that the best way to understand how and why decisions are made is in the context of the learning and knowledge acquisition which precedes them, and the feedback which follows. The mechanisms of learning and the structure of environments in which decisions are made are carefully examined to explore their impact on our choices. The authors then consider whether we are all constrained to fall prey to cognitive biases, or whether, with sufficient exposure, we can find optimal decision strategies and improve our decision making.

Featuring three completely new chapters, this edition also contains student-friendly overviews and recommended readings in each chapter. It will be of interest to students and researchers in cognitive psychology, behavioral economics, and the decision sciences, as well as anyone interested in the nature of decision making.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848722835
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/30/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Ben R. Newell is a Professor of Cognitive Psychology and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the School of Psychology at the University of New South Wales, Australia

David Lagnado is Senior Lecturer in Cognitive and Decision Sciences in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences at University College London, UK.

David Shanks is Head of the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences and Professor of Psychology at University College London, UK.

Table of Contents

1. Falling off the Straight and Narrow 2. Decision Quality and an Historical Context 3. Stages of Judgment I: Discovering, Acquiring and Combining Information 4. Stages of Judgment II: Feedback Effects and Dynamic Environments 5. Appraising Probability Judgments 6. Judgmental Heuristics and Biases 7. Associative Thinking 8. Analysing Decisions I: A General Framework 9. Analysing Decisions II: Prospect Theory And Preference Reversals 10. Decisions from Experience 11. Decisions Across Time 12. Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn 13. Optimality and Expertise 14. Two Systems of Judgment and Decision Making? 15. Emotional Influences on Decision Making 16. Group Decision Making 17. Applying Psychological Insights to the World Outside the Laboratory 18. Learning to Make Good Decisions. When, How and Why (Not)?

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