A new study shows indecisive people should go easier on themselves.
So much uncertainty around risk can make it extra hard to decide what to do.
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People tend to dislike uncertainty and risk – two things that are hard to avoid completely during a pandemic. That’s part of why it can feel especially draining to make even small decisions these days.
New research shows the choices we make, and our perceptions of the world, are biased by our initial impressions.
Shared decision-making is a patient-centred approach to health choices that considers a patient’s values as well as clinical evidence.
Shared decision-making upholds person-centred care and supports people to take charge of their own health: their views, input and experiences are important contributors to health plans.
However Rodgers came to his decision to remain unvaccinated, he did not follow the tenets of critical thinking.
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Critical thinking means seeking out new information – especially facts that might run contrary to what you believe – and being willing to change your mind. And it’s a teachable skill.
When times are uncertain, we can fail to be flexible.
High levels of uncertainty can make us obsessive compulsive, causing physical changes in the brain.
As COVID gradually recedes and attention focuses on economic recovery, good leadership is essential to help companies and their employees navigate a post-pandemic future.
The situation in the delivery room can change suddenly, and doctors need to react fast.
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It’s human nature to unconsciously rely on quick rules to help make spur-of-the-moment decisions. New research finds physicians use these shortcuts, too, which can be bad news for some patients.
Feeling powerful makes us more prone to overvaluing our own perspective, dismissing the expertise of others, and failing to recognise limitations.
Sticking to your beliefs in a rapidly changing world isn’t necessarily the best choice.
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People tend to stick with their stated beliefs. But here’s how external forces like vaccine mandates can push people to do something they don’t want to do – and provide some face-saving cover.
The African evidence community has built strong relationships across traditional boundaries. This has allowed researchers to mobilise quickly and effectively to improve policy outcomes.
It can be hard to see eye to eye when people don’t see risk the same way.
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How you respond to a risk depends on how you weigh the costs and benefits of an action. The problem is you’re not just a logical computer, and emotions bias your interpretation of the facts.
The stress and shame of conservatorships can sometimes do more harm than good to the people they’re supposed to protect.
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Conservatorships significantly restrict people’s ability to make decisions for themselves. Other options can provide support while maintaining respect for autonomy.
Are you open to new ideas and willing to change your mind?
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Science denial is not new, but researchers have learned a lot about it. Here’s why it exists, how everyone is susceptible to it in one way or another and steps to take to overcome it.
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Bias is a psychological process detectable in individual judgements. Noise is a different phenomenon affecting human decisions.
Why do groups of knowledgable people sometimes all make the same flawed decisions?
Are you conscious of your decisions?
Decades of research gives insight into how free our choices really are.
Australia can take great strides forward in climate policy and action. A reactionary, incremental approach to adaptation will fall short. Now is the time to think big.
How might a house that comes on the market today affect what you think of this one?
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Cognitive scientists are investigating the ways relative factors like new options and the order they’re presented influence your choices and beliefs.
Psychological research presents some unsurprising wisdom about how to make big decisions without regret: focus on people, don’t miss opportunities, and stay true to yourself.