Conservatorships significantly restrict people’s ability to make decisions for themselves. Other options can provide support while maintaining respect for autonomy.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Our brains have two ways of thinking and making decisions: fast and slow.
New research suggests there’s often a mismatch between how you respond and what the other person wants to hear.
The pandemic has made many of us acutely aware of the daily risks we need to take. The ancient Greeks often did not leave risky choices up to individuals alone.
People have plenty of individual reasons to stick with or end a romantic relationship. But researchers have identified some common themes that influence this big decision.
Scientists and policymakers need to be more humble in their claims of what they know.
Cognitive shortcuts help you efficiently move through a complicated world. But they come with an unwelcome side effect: Facts aren’t necessarily enough to change your mind.
Leading tech companies are increasingly using AI to influence our behaviour. But how persuasive do we find virtual assistants?
During Mental Health Week, let’s look at why some people, such as those experiencing depression or substance dependency, struggle to make decisions like everyone else.
Have you ever watched something because YouTube recommended it to you? You’ve probably been influenced by an algorithm. But at the end of the day, underneath all the algorithms are people.
If you’re American – regardless of the color of your skin – racism structures how you think. Changing the system should change these implicit biases.
Without transparency, algorithms will erode trust in government decision making.
Optimism and pessimism can lead to poor decision making.